Although there was much speculation on whether the NBA All-Star Game would happen, Adam Silver and the league concluded the event needed to take place. On March 7, Atlanta will host the 2021 NBA All-Star game at State Farm Arena. Despite the pandemic causing a huge disruption of the season, Silver expressed how fan voting played a huge role in the all-star weekend taking place this season.

While fans are one reason for the all-star game taking place, Silver also explained in an interview with The Associated Press that the economy of the NBA is also a big reason.

This season, over 100 million fan votes were casted by fans for the all-star starters. The number of fans that are engaged and in hopes of this event lead to the NBA not turning it down.

The NBA is coming off of arguably one of their best all-star games of all time, where they changed the form and dynamic to provide a competitive game.

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LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, De’Aaron Fox, and others have expressed their frustrations at having an all-star game in a pandemic. As the NBA offseason only occurred for two months after the NBA bubble, players looked to use the break to stay safe and take time to rest.

Throughout the season, the NBA has postponed numerous games due to health and safety protocols. Despite the circumstances, Silver still finds a way to keep the season rolling as scheduled.

Adam Silver continued to go with his plan to bring the season back to what it once was. As the NBA All-Star Game takes place, it represents a great showing for the league and its fans, providing the respite and distraction of entertainment in a very difficult emotional time period for the country and its citizens. There is real value in being able to offer something fun in a time of stress and anxiety.