PHOENIX (AP) -The Phoenix Suns will host the 2009 NBA All-Star game, the third time the city has held the basketball showcase.
Commissioner David Stern will make the announcement at a news conference Thursday at US Airways Center, where the game will be played.
Former Suns owner Jerry Colangelo, Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon and Suns general manager Steve Kerr also are scheduled to attend.
Phoenix was the site of the All-Star game in 1995 and 1975. Toronto, New York, Oakland and Milwaukee reportedly were contenders for the 2009 contest.
The 2008 All-Star game is Feb. 17 in New Orleans.

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