Rather, Indianapolis will play host to the festivities in 2024.
Indianapolis will now host the 2024 National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Star game, leaving the 2021 showcase in limbo as the league grapples with scheduling changes due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was announced on Wednesday (Nov 25).
Indianapolis may have missed out on its opportunity to host the All-Star weekend this season, but the league has already finalized plans to return to the city.
Indianapolis will host the NBA All-Star Weekend in 2024, the league said Wednesday, formally rescheduling the plans for that city to be the site of the league's midseason showcase this season. "The efforts of so many Hoosiers to prepare for NBA All-Star 2021 put us ahead of the game for the hard work to come, and we are so grateful to the NBA for once again recognizing Indianapolis as a city that delivers world-class events".
The state of IN has seen a spike IN coronavirus deaths IN the past month with a record 103 deaths on Thursday, taking the state's total deaths to close to 5,500. The league released hotel blocks for what would have been the 2021 All-Star Weekend in August and is in the process of finalizing a schedule for this season, which begins December 22.
So, to make it up to the city, the National Basketball Association has granted Indianapolis the 2024 All-Star Game - which will mark the first time the game has gone to the city since 1985.
The NBA is planning to kick off the 72-game 2020-21 season on December 22 after what will be the shortest offseason in league history.