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Despite the opposition of some of the biggest stars of the North American NBA basketball league, among them was LeBron James, main heads of the league decided to hold the All-Star game this year as well.
It will be held in Atlanta on March 7th, which was confirmed today (02/19/2021). Team captains will be LeBron James and Kevin Durant. Luka Dončić will be in James' team this year as well.
“The NBA All-Star and Atlanta will continue our annual tradition of celebrating basketball and the league’s best players in front of a global audience,” NBA league commissioner Adam Silver wrote in a press release.
He added that with the jubilee 70th All-Star Game, they will also raise funds to eliminate the consequences of the corona pandemic of the most vulnerable groups. The NBA League, along with the Players Union (NBPA), will donate more than $ 2.5 million to historic black universities and to the purpose of increasing equality of all in access to the covid-19 vaccine.
It was originally supposed to be an All-Star Game in Indianapolis, but the NBA changed the schedule due to a new coronavirus.
“I have absolutely no energy and no will to attend the All-Star this year,” James said this month. "I don't even understand why we have a All-Star Game ... It is still a wild corona pandemic. And now we are going to bring the whole league to one city? Apparently, no one is thinking about the pandemic. You see, I am not excited about it. Of course, I will play if I am selected. I will be there physically, but not mentally," added the league's first star.
The format of the match will remain the same as last year, when Slovenian Luka Dončić played an important role, appearing in both the rising star match and the central All-Star match. Also, this year, fans voted him in the top five of the All-Star Game alongside James.
James and Durant are captains of the Western and Eastern Conference teams, respectively, who will select members of the starting five from this year's record five basketball players born outside the USA: Greek Giannis Antetokounmp (Milwaukee), Slovenian Dončić (Dallas), Cameroonian Joel Embiid (Philadelphia) Nikola Jokić (Denver) and Australian-born American Kyrie Irving (Brooklyn).
In the pool of basketball players for the top five are also American's Stephen Curry (Golden State), Kawhi Leonard (LA Clippers) and league top scorer Bradley Beal (Washington).
Definitely an impressive team roster for sure..
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