Posted: Feb. 12, 2009
As NBA All-Star 2009 descends upon Phoenix this week, it begs the question: Who came up with the concept of an All-Star Weekend? Well, Suns.com didn’t have to go very far for its answer. Suns President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Welts sat down with Suns.com to explain his part in the origination of what many believe to be the greatest basketball celebration of all-time.
Suns.com: Could you give us some background as to what you were doing for the NBA when you first arrived at the league offices?
Rick Welts: My first job at the NBA was to try to be the first person that the league ever had to go out and talk to corporate sponsors about investing in the NBA.
I arrived at the league in 1982 after coming over from Seattle, where we had won a championship in 1979. We were the toast of the town, the first franchise in the city and the NBA was king.