The NBA and the players association refined the details for the All-Star Game on March 7 in Atlanta and indicated that it will generate more than 2.5 million dollars for African-American historic universities and aid against COVID-19.
Some of the best players in the league have criticized the display and expressed concern about staging it during the pandemic. It also raised suspicions from Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who stressed that fans should not travel the city for the All-Star Game festivities because there will be no public events as part of the game.
But the charity initiative was one of the most important factors for the league to choose to insist, and Commissioner Adam Silver indicated that the game gives the league a platform to advance the cause of the universities, as well as the need for more resources. to combat COVID-19.
“The NBA All-Star Game in Atlanta will continue our traditional annual highlighting basketball and the best players in the world before a global audience,” said Silver.
The format of last year will be repeated, with a goal of scoring on the scoreboard to end the game and that will again be a tribute to Kobe Bryant.
Each of the first three quarters will start with the score 0-0 and then will be added for a fourth period without a time limit. The leader after three quarters will be added 24 points – in reference to the number that Bryant immortalized on his jersey – and the first team to reach the goal will win.
The game captains – defined in a fan vote – were announced Thursday night, as were the other eight starters. The alternates will be announced next week.
The game will partner with organizations such as the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the United Negro College Fund.
The league told teams this week that participants will travel by private plane to Atlanta. They will not be able to leave their hotels except for the All-Star Game events.