Year and Host City: 1951, Boston

In order to understand where we are today, we gotta take a look back at the first one that started it all. The idea of having an exhibition game that mirrored the MLB All-Star Game where the best players in the league would square off was conceived by NBA publicity director Haskell Cohen. NBA President at the time, Maurice Podoloff, didn't think it would bode well but when Boston Celtics owner Walter A. Brown offered to host the game and to cover all the expenses, the game was a go.