It has not been talked about much, but in a few weeks the biggest stars in basketball will come to Atlanta for the NBA All-Star game. Under normal circumstances, the broadcast is seen all over the country and the world and generates a major marketing boost for the host city. But this year some city leaders are not cheering the selection of Atlanta, not at all.
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City of Atlanta council member Andre Dickens said his concern will be the crowds drawn to Atlanta, no matter of the NBA league restrictions for players. “We know Atlanta has the reputation as the place to come and party,” Dickens said. “They will come, pack the clubs and they may or may not be wearing masks.” Dickens said if the mayor’s administration had alerted council beforehand, “I would have said it’s not a smart idea”.
Marc Stein: The NBA will institute All~Star voting this season with or without a game, sources say Proposals for staging an actual All-Star game include holding it on an HBCU campus in the Atlanta area in the March 6-7 range
Adam Spolane: Adam Silver just said on TNT that the NBA hasn’t officially cancelled the 2021 All Star Game. They have cancelled the game in Indianapolis on the date it was scheduled for, but that doesn’t mean the All Star Game won’t be played
Charlotte is one month away from one of the biggest events ever staged in the city. The NBA All-Star Game weekend begins February 15 and will draw thousands of people to uptown. Just up the street from the Spectrum Center where the game will be played is the Epicentre, where police responded to two incidents last weekend. One involved a guard who said a man pointed a gun at him, and the other involved an assault.
With the big game a month away, NBC Charlotte did a crime map check and found over the last month there have been 168 reports of crime in a half-mile radius around the Spectrum Center. The reported crimes include larceny, assaults, and disturbing the peace.
ESPN’s Rachel Nichols reported that the league is leaning towards not putting the All-Star draft on TV and soon after LeBron James voiced his disagreement with that idea. “We’re all grown men,” James told Cleveland.com. “It doesn’t stop your paycheck from coming.”
Count Wizards guard John Wall among those who would like to see it and be a part of it. “I think it should be televised,” he said on NBC Sports Washington’s Wizards Tipoff podcast. “If you made the All-Star Game, it should be televised who is going to be on what team. I don’t think you should call them and then wait until everybody sees who will be an All-Star. They should let it be known. We’re grown men, like [LeBron] said. If they ain’t pick you, they ain’t pick you.”
Scott Souza: #Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown said still hasn’t made decision on Slam Dunk contest. Said yesterday probably would need to this weekend.
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Harrison Faigen: Frank Vogel says he hasn’t looked at the second-half schedule in depth yet, but says he isn’t too worried about the difficulty of it. “I know every team in the league is playing 72 games.” (depending on cancellations, this may not be true)