— The NBA’s All-Stars and coaches were scheduled to be in Orlando on Sunday for the annual showcase of the game, but the first-place teams were expected to be out of town for the All-star break.
The All-stars will take to the court on Saturday afternoon to watch the Orlando Magic take on the Miami Heat, with the Lakers, Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls to follow in the evening.
It’s a break that’s supposed to give players the time and space to rest, recover from injuries and recover from the grind of their jobs, but it could be another blow for the league’s most recognizable brand.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said on Monday that the All Star Game will not be held in the same venue in Orlando as last year.
He said the All Stars will now be in Chicago, a venue that has had some issues with fans in the past.
“We’re committed to ensuring our players have the best possible experience,” Silver said at a news conference Monday.
“It’s just unfortunate for fans and players who are coming here.”
Silver has also said he expects the league will allow the players to wear their All-Tournament Team gear.
Silver also said the league is considering an exception to the All Attendance rule for this year’s game, which would allow the NBA to host the event in the desert instead of downtown.
The All Star game has been held in Orlando since 1985.
Fans attending Sunday’s event were encouraged to dress in their All Star gear, and to leave any personal possessions behind.
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