Atlanta may host NBA All-Star Game, Basketball News & Top Stories

Tanya Simon
February 2, 2021

The NBA cancelled its traditional All-Star Weekend, which had been scheduled for Indianapolis on Feb 14, because of the coronavirus pandemic. The city will get its turn in 2024.

According to Woj, the National Basketball Association is discussing potentially holding the All-Star game in Atlanta, and having the event support HBCU's and COVID relief. Atlanta is considered a top option to host on short notice, per the report; the NBA's stated basis for letting the game happen could be to "allow for a game to financially benefit historically Black colleges and universities and COVID-19 relief".

Atlanta, where Turner Sports' headquarters are located, is under consideration as a potential host site.

The game is the 22nd postponed by the league already this season, with all but one occurring this month. The league has not announced the start of voting this season, but with the mid-season break set to begin on March 5, it would seem logical that the voting process will begin soon.

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The NBA has always planned to hold the All-Star vote this season, whether there is game played or not.

This would be the All-Star Game only - no Slam Dunk contest or celebrity game or any of the rest of it.

But with COVID-19 rates falling (*knocks on wood* it continues), the sides are talking and there is a good chance we will see an All-Star Game. Grizzlies-Bulls postponed despite Memphis reportedly still having only one.

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