Event will take place on March 7, in Atlanta, with a ‘mini-bubble’ scheme for players and without attractions for the public
Even with cases of Covid-19 among athletes since the beginning of the season in December, the NBA confirmed the All Star Game de 2021 for March 7 at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta. The event that usually takes place over a weekend, will be played in just one night, starting with the dunk challenge, the 3-point challenge, the star game and the main game among the best in the league. For the exhibition game, the lineup will take place through NBA All-Star Draft, where two team captains will select from the group of players voted as holders and reserves at each conference and make their choices. Captains will be the All-Star Starter for each conference that receives the most votes from fans at their conference. Candidates will be announced on Thursday evening, 18.
That year, the NBA reported that it will donate, together with the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), more than $ 2.5 million (R $ 13.57 million, at current price) in funds and resources for colleges and universities Historically Black Women (HBCUs) and in supporting and raising awareness about equity and access to basic coronavirus, such as vaccines. In addition, the All-Star will feature special presentations by HBCU music groups, storytelling and exclusive content from distinguished alumni and students.
‘Mini bubble’ for players
As it did during the middle of last season, the NBA prepared a ‘mini-bubble’ scheme for athletes and coaching staff to protect themselves from the disease. According to the league, additional measures have been established to the health and safety protocols that are used during the regular season. This includes private round-trip travel to Atlanta, accommodation in a single hotel for players and coaches, and enhanced PCR testing. Respecting the rules of distancing the city of Atlanta, there will be no fan activities, ticket events or hospitality events as part of the All-Star.