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NBA close to agreement on All- Star Weekend
The NBA and National Basketball Players Association are getting closer to an agreement on a 2021 All- Star format that would include an East vs. West game and potentially a dunk contest and 3- point shootout on March 7 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, two people familiar with the negotiations told USA TODAY Sports.
The people requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly until an agreement is reached.
Both sides are interested in holding a single- day event – All- Star Weekend is one of the NBA’s most watched and popular events – and they would need to act fast to make the arrangements.
All- Star festivities normally are spread over a weekend. But the NBA postponed its All- Star Weekend set for Feb. 12- 14 in Indianapolis because of the COVID- 19 pandemic.
All- Star voting began last week. The NBA and NBPA maintained a dialogue around the idea of holding a version of the game while the league took a break from regular- season games March 5- 10.
Logistical details, including health and safety protocols and travel for players, family members and support staff, need to be resolved.