NBA announces All-Star Game plans with contributions going to HBCUs and COVID-19 relief

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Tim Bontempspen.

On Thursday, the NBA officially announced the March 7 All-Star Game in Atlanta and a partnership with the NBPA that will generate more than $2.5 million. The project will also raise awareness about equity and access to care, support and COVID-19 vaccines.

Thanks to COVID-19, what would normally be an entire weekend of festivities is condensed into a single night. Instead of holding the skill contest, three-point contest and slam dunk contest on Saturday night as usual, the NBA will hold the skill contest and three-point contest before the 8 p.m. game and the slam dunk contest at halftime.

Meanwhile, Elam Ending is officially back after a successful debut last year in Chicago. Each quarter will start with a score of 0 to 0, just like last year, with the two teams competing to win each quarter to benefit certain charities. The fourth quarter will be played until neither team has reached the point total of the leader after three quarters plus 24 points – in tribute to the late Kobe Bryant. In addition, as ESPN reported Wednesday, the captains – determined by the highest number of votes cast in each conference – will again choose their teams from the remaining 22 All-Stars.

Each participating player may bring up to four family members, old close friends or their agent. They can also call on a health-conscious person to work with their team to help them prepare for Sunday’s game.

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The Atlanta NBA All-Star continues our annual tradition of honoring the game and the world’s best players in front of a global audience. In addition to on-court festivities, the All-Star Game will highlight the important role HBCUs play in our communities and focus attention and resources on helping COVID-19, especially the most vulnerable, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement from the league announcing the game.

HBCUs have provided first-rate education to our communities at a time when access to higher education was denied, said NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts. You were there… and stayed there… for us. Now we’re on their side.

To stop the spread of COWID-19, the NBA will require players to stay away from it Feb. 27 until he left for Atlanta on the 6th. March quarantine at home, with a few exceptions. They also must stay at an Atlanta All-Star hotel located outside of where they attend the arena’s All-Star events – part of what the NBA considers a mini-bubble in Atlanta. Players and their guests will receive personal transportation to and from the game, in addition to regular PCR checks. Visiting players will also undergo regular PCR testing during their stay in Atlanta and will also be allowed to attend the game itself.

As a founding partner of the Thurgood Marshall College Foundation, the NBA has been a consistent supporter for more than 33 years, said Dr. Harry L. Williams, President and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Foundation. By dedicating its All-Star platform to supporting historically black colleges and universities, the NBA is making a profound statement about the league’s commitment to a better future by recognizing the vital role that black colleges have always played in promoting racial equality and serving the African-American community.

Thursday night on TNT, the NBA, along with the two captains, will announce the All-Star holders after fans (who account for 50 percent of the vote), players (25 percent) and members of the media (25 percent) voted for them. Divisional coaches will then vote on the seven reserve spots in each conference, which will be announced Tuesday.

Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder coached one of the All-Star Game teams. Philadelphia 76ers coach Doc Rivers will take one more if the Sixers win one of their next two games or if the Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets lose again this week.

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