33. The return of the weekend of the stars
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Jazz opens their season on October 20, just 33 days from today. As time goes by, we’re taking a look at 50 things to keep jazz fans excited about preparing for the 2021-22 NBA season. Arriving at number 33, the return of the All-Star weekend.
Return of the weekend of the stars
The NBA will see the return of the All-Star Weekend this year, with the league hosting the annual event in Cleveland to celebrate the best players the world has to offer.
Surprisingly, although the last two seasons in the NBA were drastically altered by the COVID-19 pandemic, the league did not miss the star-studded ceremony with All-Star 2020 to be held in Chicago, and a bit of a celebration and an impromptu game held in Atlanta.
When the 2020-21 season began, it was believed that even though the All-Star teams would be named, it would be an honorary announcement without an actual match being staged.
However, due to the financial implications of losing the game, the league moved the game, originally scheduled for Indiana, to State Farm Arena in Georgia. And, rather than a full weekend of events, the individual contests and the game itself took place in one night.
This year, the league plans to return to the full weekend format, with the three-point contest, skill challenge and dunk contest held on the All-Star Saturday night, with the game taking place on Sunday.
The Three Point Contest, Skill Challenge, and Dunk Contest will take place on February 19, with the main event taking place on February 20.
Cleveland received the 2022 All-Star Weekend after significantly renovating Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. The city last hosted the event in 1997.
Last season, the Jazz were incredibly well represented at All-Star events. Donovan Mitchell, Mike Conley and Rudy Gobert were each elected to the team, while Quin Snyder coached Team LeBron.
Mitchell and Conley both competed in the three-point shooting competition, with Conley coming in second.
While jazz fans will have to wait another season before the All-Star Game travels to Salt Lake City, a return to traditional weekend festivities in 2022 is one of the 50 greatest stories to look forward to before the opening night.