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Nobody wants to be bothered with the All-Star Game except Adam Silver

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms wants no part of the All-Star circus.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms wants no a part of the All-Star circus.
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I used to be all the time taught that you need to by no means present up someplace until you have been invited. I’m guessing Adam Silver didn’t study that lesson rising up.

With lower than three weeks earlier than the NBA is scheduled to host what is going to be the most pointless All-Star Game in the league’s historical past – only one yr after placing on certainly one of the most enjoyable – in Atlanta, the NBA’s Commissioner is set to throw a celebration that no person wants to attend, in a spot that doesn’t even need him there.

You see, the downside with this whole state of affairs is that Silver doesn’t perceive how Atlanta works, which is commonly the case with lots of people. Race, creed, and coloration don’t matter, as a result of when it comes to Atlanta, folks usually have some misguided thought of what the metropolis is and has to supply. And in 2021, it’s the worst place you would ever maintain an NBA All-Star Game.

“We strongly encourage promoters, clubs, bars, etc. not to host events in the city related to this game,” mentioned Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms in her assertion addressing her considerations in the occasion. The Atlanta native understands that whereas the NBA might be taking each precaution to hold gamers secure throughout the weekend, it doesn’t imply Silver or the league have any management over what residents and out-of-town company will do.

Because when a league as Black as the NBA, has an occasion as Black as the NBA All-Star Game is, in a metropolis as Black as Atlanta, the “turn-up” will ensue. But past that, the timing of this occasion and its prior historical past are additionally of giant concern. If you’ve paid consideration to social media over the final yr, that Atlanta has been certainly one of the cities that’s been “wide open” throughout the pandemic. While most cities have been locked down and beneath heavy restrictions, Atlanta has been the one main metropolis with few restrictions, as persons are nonetheless going out to bars and golf equipment.

How is that this taking place?

Because Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is an fool. Yes, the man that stole the governorship from Stacey Abrams and was Trump’s public punching bag, has been past informal with COVID-19 restrictions in a state that’s residence to the busiest airport in the world. On a couple of event, Lance Bottoms’ palms have been tied when it comes to implementing stricter COVID restrictions, as Kemp dropped a lawsuit in August after trying to sue the mayor and Atlanta’s metropolis council for making an attempt to shut down nonessential companies and mandating mask-wearing ordinances. Mind you, the restrictions would have additionally saved Kemp and his household safer, as the governor’s workplace and mansion are in Atlanta.

And then there’s the reminiscence of the 2003 NBA All-Star Game that befell in Atlanta, which was a complete catastrophe. “Two blocks to the hotel took an hour and a half. You’re better off walking,” Shawn Marion was quoted as saying again then.

“Super Bowl was not a problem (nor) the World Series or Olympics,” mentioned the Rev. Bob Allred, then-pastor of Atlanta’s First United Methodist Church. “This was more like Freaknik times four.”

But even these quotes don’t even inform the story of how horrible it was to be in Atlanta that weekend 18 years in the past. Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza, the metropolis’s hottest malls, have been shut down. Police shut down freeway exits, not permitting folks to get to Buckhead. There have been freezing temperatures and icy roads. And given the insane quantity of individuals on the town and the restricted expertise that was out there at the time, cellphones didn’t work.

It. Was. A. Train. Wreck. Of. Epic. Proportions.

Yet Silver wants to do it another time, in a world pandemic, when gamers don’t even need to play.

LeBron thinks having the recreation is a “slap in the face.” Karl-Anthony Towns has misplaced seven members of the family to COVID-19 and remains to be recovering from it. He’s definitely against having a meaningless exhibition game. De’Aaron Fox “thinks it’s stupid.” And Jayson Tatum has talked about how COVID affects your breathing and fatigue level.

This is the half the place I remind you that only a few months in the past Silver received on TV and mentioned, “as Dr. Fauci says, the virus will decide.” After efficiently exhibiting {that a} league might play in a bubble for months with no single constructive check, Silver is lifeless set on having the recreation.

Earlier this week, Deadspin requested why this recreation was taking place. The reply to that query is a well-known one: cash.

According to CNBC, it’s estimated that final yr’s All-Star Game generated roughly $15 million for TNT, which reached $24 million with the addition of the Dunk Contest, which is scheduled to happen throughout halftime of this yr’s recreation.

“From an individual game, the All-Star Game is very profitable,” Todd Krizelman, co-founder and CEO of promoting agency MediaRadar, instructed CNBC. “It’s part of the business model that both the NBA and broadcasters depend on.”


Now all of it makes {dollars}, and sense. Besides, I can’t consider another excuse, in addition to cash, that will flip Adam Silver into Atlanta’s most undesirable houseguest since Kelly Loeffler.

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