While this season is by far a much more challenging, different year for the NBA, the league is still trying to hold an All-Star Game.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the NBA and NBPA are in discussions about holding an All-Star Game in early March, with Atlanta possibly being the home site.
The original 2021 All-Star Weekend was supposed to be held in Indianapolis in February, but was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic and abbreviated season.
If the NBA manages to revive the All-Star Game for mid-March – the league’s midseason break is March 5-10 – it would be a much more scaled down version with little to no fan experience but it would include showcasing and benefitting of historically Black college and universities and COVID-19 relief funds, per Wojnarowksi.
NBPA president Chris Paul is reportedly a proponent of the idea.
Atlanta’s State Farm Arena and city-based HBCU campuses are under consideration as game sites in a large part due to the city being home to Turner Sports, which could televise the game without having a crew travel.
Yet, having players from each team around the league gather is still a challenge for the league as games continue to be postponed due to COVID-19 cases.
Twenty-two regular season games have been postponed as of Monday night.
The weekend would also be absent of hosting corporate sponsors – one of the many financial components of the All-Star Weekend.