The NBA will hold the 2021 All-Star Game in Atlanta on March 7 despite a number of top players expressing concerns about staging an exhibition game amid the coronavirus pandemic. The NBA will arrange private travel for All-Star Game participants and, together with the National Basketball Players Association, will commit more than $2.5m (£1.8m) toward Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and COVID-19 relief efforts.
“NBA All-Star in Atlanta will continue our annual tradition of celebrating the game and the greatest players in the world before a global audience,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a news release. “In addition to the festivities on the court, the All-Star Game will honour the vital role HBCUs play in our communities and focus attention and resources on COVID-19 relief, particularly for the most vulnerable.”
“I have zero energy and zero excitement about an All-Star Game this year,” four-time NBA champion James said’. “I don’t even understand why we’re having an All-Star Game.”