The Charlotte Hornets (13-15) are a surprise team in the NBA two months into the 2020-2021 season. As we move closer to completing the first half of the season schedule, All-Star Weekend is approaching. After years of the Hornets having minimal to no involvement in the league’s annual event, this year could see the Hornets represented at every event.
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The 2021 NBA All-Star Game was originally scheduled to take place in Indiana but was canceled before the season started due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In early-February, the league and the NBA Player’s Association agreed to the game taking place in Atlanta. Indiana has been rewarded the game in 2024.
Instead of events taken place over the entire weekend, all events will take place on March 7. The Three-point competition and the skills challenge will be held prior to the game, and the dunk contest will take place during halftime. There will be no Rising Stars or celebrity games this year.
In regards to health and safety protocols for the event, players will be allowed to bring a limited number of family members or guests. Those individuals must be tested regularly for COVID-19. Players, guests, and family members will only be allowed to leave the players’ hotel for All-Star activities at the host arena.
With the Hornets’ surprise play individually and as a team, we may see a handful of players get an opportunity to represent Charlotte on March 7.