NBA All-Star weekend always used to be a mini Super Bowl week condensed into three days.
Parties galore with celebs, actors, rappers, athletes and fans that fly in from all over the U.S. to partake in the fun.
The actual events would be broken into three separate nights, with the rookies and second year players battling on Friday night, the skill, 3-point shooting and dunk contest on Saturday, then the actual game in front of a packed arena on Sunday night.
Since everything else about 2020-2021 is different than normal, why should the All-Star game be normal when it is much safer to be different.
NBA commissioner told ESPN that the All Star Weekend in Atlanta is a “television-only event,” and to hammer that point home he told fans to stay away from Atlanta, and the mini bubble they have created to keep players healthy. And everything will happen Sunday night.
“The message within the NBA community is that we’re going to be operating in a mini bubble. There will be no NBA functions [for fans] to participate in. We appreciate their support and hope they’ll watch our All-Star Game on television … this is a television-only event in Atlanta.”
While the NBA and mayor of Atlanta are discouraging fans from showing up, the bars, nightclubs and restaurants in and around the city aren’t governed by the NBA commission. A number of them will be hosting parties and extending their hours.
NBA players are some of the most recognizable faces on the planet, and they might want to steer clear of any thumping music if they hear it. “Our players are going to be in a work-quarantine protocol while they are in Atlanta,” Silver said.