Last year, Team Lebron and Team Giannis faced off in Chicago for All-Star weekend. The format for last year’s game changed a little bit. First, after each quarter the score was reset to 0-0 and the winners of each of the quarters would win money to be donated to their team’s charity of choice. At the start of the fourth quarter, the previous scores were tallied up and to win the team had to score 24 points in addition to the total. Team Lebron ended up taking the win home and they won a total of $400,000 for Chicago Scholars.
2021 All-Star Game
The modifications last year payed homage to Kobe Bryant after his passing last January. This year, the NBA has a whole different issue to plan the All-Star game around, the Covid-19 pandemic. There are proposals for an All-Star weekend in Atlanta this year where there will be Covid-19 relief and funding provided for HBCUs. The proposed plan is for the weekend to take place in March but nothing seems to be set in stone yet.
Something that is moving forward for the NBA All-Stars is the voting process. The 2021 NBA All-Star voting started Thursday, January 28 and concludes on Tuesday, February 16. Fans can vote for their 10 All-Stars on the NBA App, nba.com, or Twitter. Each fan gets one vote per day but there are five days within the voting period where fans can vote twice in one day. The remaining two-for-one dates are Feb. 4, Feb. 13, and Feb. 16.
#NBAAllStar 2021 Voting Key Dates!
• February 4: Fan Voting Update
• February 11: Fan Voting Update
• February 16: Voting Ends 11:59pm/et
• February 18: Starters Announced
• February 23: Reserves Announced
— #NBAAllStar (@NBAAllStar) February 1, 2021
This year the fan vote, player vote and media will all help decide the All-Star starters. The fans will account for 50% of the vote while the players and media will each count as 25%. There will be updates of the fan vote on Feb. 4 and Feb. 11 then the final results will be announced on TNT on Feb. 18 during NBA Tip Off. Who will square off in this year’s game? Who will be the rising star of the 2021 All-Star game?