Technology Summit Kicks Off NBA All-Star Weekend in Toronto

Panels moderated by Poppy Harlow, John King, Wolf Blitzer, Ernie Johnson. And more.

It doesn’t get as much ink as the Skills competition or the big game, but the NBA All-Star Technology Summit, held this morning in Toronto for the 17th annual time, sports big names of its own.


CNN’s Poppy Harlow moderated the first of four panel discussions, “Courtside From Your Couch: The Power and Potential of Technology,” leading in discussion a group that included Knicks owner James Dolan. Rachel Nichols conducted a one-on-one interview with the man of the moment, Kobe Bryant; there was also a keynote address from commissioner Adam Silver. Per a report in the Toronto Star, Silver reminded of some great league trivia involving the city of Toronto and Dolan’s beleaguered team:

Silver began his remarks by reminding attendees that the league’s enormous success globally stems in part from what happened in Toronto on Nov. 1, 1946 — when the first game in what was then called the Basketball Association of America was played…

It was in Toronto on that night nearly 70 years ago when the New York Knicks visited and beat the Toronto Huskies 68-66. The game was played at Maple Leaf Gardens — “which, if you’re curious, is now a grocery store,” Silver said.

The other Tech Summit panels were moderated by John King, Wolf Blitzer and TNT’s Ernie Johnson.