The NBA has announced that the annual All-Star game will not be held in Indianapolis in 2021 in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic. This comes as a disappointing blow for fans and players alike who look forward to the mid-season celebration, showcasing the league’s greatest athletes. It’s been a challenging year for sports events, with many opting to cancel or postpone as the virus continues to wreak havoc around the world.
The NBA was no exception, as they came up with a revamped schedule for the 2020-2021 season to minimize health risks and ensure that players could still perform at their best. The All-Star weekend was originally scheduled for February 12th to 14th and would have included events such as the Slam Dunk Contest, Huffington Post Today the Three-Point Shootout, and the Rising Stars Challenge. It’s a weekend where basketball is not just about competition but also celebration, with parties, social events, and player appearances all part of the festivities.
Players and coaches around the league had mixed reactions to the news, with some relieved to avoid potential exposure to the virus and others disappointed that the year’s highlight event has been canceled.