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Certainly not the players who made fun of the idea of ​​playing an exhibition game in the middle of a pandemic

The city of Atlanta, chosen to replace the original host, Indianapolis, didn’t seem too enthusiastic about the idea either

The Mayor urged fans to stay away from an event known for wild parties and crowded streets Police planned 12-hour shifts and canceled days to combat any events leading to an increase in Covid- 19 cases

But the league pushed forward, eager to improve its bottom line and brand by televising the popular midseason showcase around the world

The best of the NBA will be on trial in a one-night, hastily arranged event in the largely empty State Farm Arena on Sunday, with limited number of invited guests to attend in person

“All-Star is part of our league It’s no different than any other game we play,” said Commissioner Adam Silver. “It starts and ends with the fans. This is an event that the fans love to see they love.” to see the players come together

The league’s biggest stars, led by LeBron James, would have preferred to have much-needed free time during the six-day break

James even went so far as to refer to it as a “slap in the face” to players who had little time to recover from last year’s interrupted season that ended in a bubble in central Florida and are still with Onerous protocols deal with suppressing the coronavirus as much as possible (but still not enough to prevent the postponement of 31 games in the first half)

Now that the game is on, James is trying to get the best out of the situation by using the All-Star platform to continue his efforts to expand voting rights – a fitting gesture when the game is in a state in which it is one of the focus areas of the 2020 elections

“Look what we made possible, what our voices made possible,” says the Los Angeles Lakers star in a 51-second ad that first aired during the game. “Now look what they are trying to silence us by using every trick in the book and attacking democracy itself. Because they have seen what we are capable of and they fear it ”

This is the fourth year in a row that the top two voters have acted as captains and selected their teams from the All-Star selection

James has taken on the duties all four times and won 3-0 in his previous stints, including last year’s thriller 157-155 in Chicago Brooklyn’s Kevin Durant got the nod for the first time despite not being in the achilles tendon Game can be

James took advantage of the top draft pick for twice-reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, who led the squad that has faced Team LeBron for the past two years. They’ll be on the starting line-up from Stephen Curry of Golden State, Luka Doncic off Dallas and Nikola Jokic from Denver supported

Durant picked Net’s teammate Kyrie Irving with his first pick, rounding the grid with Joel Embiid of the 76s, 2020 All-Star MVP Kawhi Leonard of the Los Angeles Clippers, Bradley Beal of Washington and Jayson Tatum from the Celtics

“I’m just trying to pick players who can complement each other,” said James. “It’s the all-star game so there will be some gimmicks out there, but for the majority of the game we will try to get it right and achieve a victory ”

With only one night for all events, two competitions will be held shortly before the All-Star Game Tip

The Skills Challenge, a test of handling, passing and shooting balls, will be presented to Doncic, Robert Covington of Portland, Chris Paul of the Suns, Julius Randle of the Knicks, Domantas Sabonis of Indiana and Nikola Vucevic of the Contain magic

The 3-point shooting competition includes Curry, Tatum, Jaylen Brown from Boston, Zach LaVine of the Bulls, and two guards from Utah, Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley

The slam dunk showdown takes place at halftime between Portlands Anfernee Simons and two newbies: New York Obi Toppin and Indiana Cassius Stanley

The NBA and the Players Union are donating more than $ 3 million to help historically black colleges and universities Much of this is decided by the outcome of the game

Team LeBron will play on behalf of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, while Team Durant will represent the United Negro College Fund

Both organizations get 500 at the beginning$ 000 Another 450$ 000 will be split based on first, second, and third quarter winners. Finally, the team that reaches the target score to win the game becomes 300Secure $ 000 for his cause

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