Should There Be an NBA All-Star Game?
Let’s face it. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed a whole lot. Now, will things get back to the way they used to be at some point? Probably. There’ll be some changes, like people being more cognizant about being sanitary and being a little more careful in general, but overall, things will return to the way they were. However, I feel like the NBA is jumping the gun by announcing that there will in fact be an All-Star Weekend this year.
Now, this comes after the league announced that they were cancelling the one that was supposed to be in Indianapolis this month (it’ll be in Indy in 2024 as a make-up), but the league just announced that they’re going to hold an All-Star Weekend without fans in Atlanta next month. Frankly, this isn’t a great idea. In fact, I think it’s pretty boneheaded. Sure, the All-Star Weekend is an annual tradition in the NBA and it’s important to recognize players who’ve stood out amongst the pack through the first half of the season, but it should’ve just stayed on paper this year.
I mean, it would’ve been enough to say, for example, “The fans have voted, and Zach LaVine is an All-Star this year. Congratulations.” Given that the NBA has already had to postpone 15 games this season because of outbreaks within teams, I think it’s an insanely poor idea to bring players from all 30 teams together in one place during a pandemic to have them compete in some events that frankly are fan service. Is All-Star Weekend fun? Absolutely! But, with no fans there, it takes away the magic of the event and trades it for a ton of risk.
Already, players like Sacramento Kings’ point guard De’Aaron Fox have come out saying that holding the event is a bad idea. I hope that the league has been through enough struggle that they’ll know how to mitigate and eliminate the risks of an outbreak, but this just has “bad idea” written all over it.