NBA, NBPA Agree to Host All-Star Weekend in Atlanta on March 6-7
There have been rumblings earlier in the week about the potential of Atlanta hosting this year’s All-Star Weekend, and it has now become a reality.
This is going to be fun!
As the season started, it was largely believed that the NBA would skip it’s All-Star Weekend due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Instead, the league was simply hoping to hold a mid-season break to allow its players to recharge the battery before the final stretch run leading into the playoffs.
NBA tells teams that they'll have a finalized agreement with the NBPA on All-Star game in Atlanta by next week, according to memo obtained by ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 5, 2021
How quickly things change.
As the NBA and NBPA continue to navigate through the uncertainty of this pandemic, it has clearly learned a lot about how to keep its players and team staff safe over the past calendar year. In hopes of bringing a sense of normalcy back to the fans, hosting a weekend, whether or not it will have fans, will most definitely be a welcomed site! The All-Star Game itself will be hosted on March 7th and the league is hoping to hold a Three-Point Shootout and Slam Dunk Contest the night before.
The weekend was originally scheduled to be played in Indianapolis. This season Atlanta has been one of the handful of teams to host fans and it will be interesting to see what the NBA’s plan will be next month.
Either way, the show shall go on and All-Star Weekend 2021 is coming!