The GIST: We watched the NBA All-Star Game (ASG) so you could watch the Harry and Meghan interview with Oprah instead. You’re welcome.
Pre-game drama: Many players (and us) about an ASG in the middle of a pandemic, and what happened on Sunday shows exactly why. Just hours before the event began, All-Stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons were due to COVID-19 contact tracing, which may also affect their eligibility to play for their team, the Philadelphia 76ers, in the coming days.
- On top of that, the NBA also sent out over 200 cease-and-desist orders to organizers around Atlanta for using NBA and ASG logos for unsanctioned parties planned over the weekend.
The festivities: Instead of a full weekend, like usual, the NBA condensed all the fun into a few hours yesterday. They started with the — won by Indiana Pacer Domantas Sabonis — then moved to the always-exciting three-point contest, where Golden State Warrior Steph Curry .