Atlanta in ‘serious conversation’ to host NBA All-Star game

011121 Atlanta: A few Atlanta Hawks fans are on hand to watch their team take on the Philadelphia 76ers in a NBA basketball game on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, in Atlanta.  Curtis Compton / Curtis.Compton@ajc.com”
011121 Atlanta: A few Atlanta Hawks fans are on hand to watch their team take on the Philadelphia 76ers in a NBA basketball game on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton / Curtis.Compton@ajc.com”

Credit: Curtis Compton / Curtis.Compton@ajc.com

Credit: Curtis Compton / Curtis.Compton@ajc.com

Atlanta is in “serious conversation” to host this year’s NBA All-Star game, a Hawks team source with knowledge of the situation confirmed to the AJC.

The Hawks have discussed with the NBA the possibility of hosting the game March 7 at State Farm Arena, though nothing is final.

ESPN first reported that the NBA and Players Association were discussing an All-Star game potentially hosted by Atlanta, with Adrian Wojnarowski reporting that this would include “the showcasing and benefiting of historically Black colleges and universities and COVID-19 relief funds.”

There’s also the possibility that Atlanta-based HBCU campus gyms would host the game, per ESPN, and that Turner Sports being local and able to televise the game without traveling is a factor.

As of now, the NBA has only released the first half of its schedule, through March 4, with the second half of the schedule (March 11-May 16) to be released toward the end of the first half.

The original plans for this season’s All-Star game in Indianapolis were canceled in November due to COVID-19.

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