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NBA announces All-Star Game will benefit HBCUs, COVID-19 relief

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We are just weeks away from the NBA All-Star Game in Atlanta on March 7, and more details continue to emerge about the league’s plans for the big game.

On Thursday, the NBA and NBPA shared it will generate more than $2.5 million in funds and resources for historically Black colleges (HBCUs) and COVID-19 care, relief, and vaccines.

The league plans to partner with organizations like the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and United Negro College Fund to “highlight the importance of HBCUs and raise awareness around the disparate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color.” The All-Star game will highlight performances from HBCU musical groups virtually.

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For NBA All-Star weekend, the league is taking additional measures to keep all of its players safe. Those selected to participate in the game will return to a “bubble” environment where coaches, players and staff will stay at a single hotel in Atlanta.

The rosters will soon be set for the NBA All-Star Game as well. In the second round of voting released Feb. 11, Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard was third among Western Conference guards with 2,095,157 votes, approximately 389,395 votes behind Dallas’ Luka Doncic in second and 1,937,893 votes behind Golden State’s Stephen Curry in first. Lillard will also reportedly compete in the 3-point contest.

 

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CJ McCollum, who has been sidelined for the last month with a hairline fracture in his left foot, is ninth in All-Star starters voting with 218,160 votes, while Carmelo Anthony was 10th among West frontcourt players with 346,812 votes.

The NBA All-Star starters will be announced Thursday, Feb. 18 at 4:00 p.m. PT on TNT. Like previous years, the two captains who received the most fan votes in each conference will select which reserve players will take the court for each team.