‘What’s the Point?’- De’Aaron Fox Not Excited About 2021 All Star Game

Published 02/04/2021, 11:00 AM EST
Jan 8, 2021; Sacramento, California, USA; Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox (5) dunks the ball over Toronto Raptors guard Malachi Flynn (8) during the second quarter at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports


De’Aaron Fox is elevating into one of the top stars of the NBA. While he may not be a top pick for the 2021 All-Star Game, he definitely is well on his way to making a lot of them in the future. He signed a max contract on his rookie contract with the Sacramento Kings, cementing himself as the cornerstone of their rebuild.

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The NBA and NBPA have gone out of their way to arrange an all-star game this year. We initially were told that there will be all-star teams, but no game. Now the NBA has added an all-star game, for which De’Aaron is not excited.

De'Aaron Fox on the possibility of an All-Star Game this season: "I’m going to be brutally honest, I think it’s stupid. If we have to wear masks and do all this for a regular game, what’s the point of bringing the All-Star Game back?"

— Jason Jones (@mr_jasonjones) February 4, 2021

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The all-star game is one of the biggest events of the year. While the game with the two teams of all-stars is the main attraction, there is a lot more to it. The crowds that come out for all-star games are some of the best. With a condensed schedule and COVID positive cases derailing some teams, having an all-star game does seem a little risky.

De’Aaron Fox: Raising a valid point

While Fox may be completely justified with his concerns, there are plenty of reasons for why the all-star game will happen. It is one of the biggest media events for the NBA. The advertising revenue just off that game alone, even if completely digital, will help the league absorb the impact that COVID has already had on their finances.

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Jan 22, 2021; Sacramento, California, USA; Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox (5) is fouled while attempting a shot next to New York Knicks guard Reggie Bullock (25) in the third quarter at the Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

However, that doesn’t mean COVID is gone and that the NBA can make moves like this. They will have to pray and hope that not even one team has any issues with COVID. If that happens, one player could affect multiple teams through contact tracing protocol. Is it worth that risk for every team?

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But it will still be exciting to have the all-star games. Fans will never say no to a contest that pits the league’s best against each other, especially after the success of last year’s game. While De’Aaon Fox rightfully doesn’t like it, the league will push to ensure they can pull this off.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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