Ever since the NBA season stopped due to Rudy Gobert's positive test, it seems like every decision they've made has been controversial. Obviously, it's hard to please everyone and there are reasons - money - why they just can't stop playing but it seems like they're not listening to their players right now. If that were the case, they wouldn't even entertain the idea of holding an All-Star Game during a pandemic and amid a complicated season with almost no rest at all.
Health and safety protocols aside, holding an All-Star Game will put everybody's health at risk. The players won't get the rest they need and the fans in the arena would be exposed. On the other hand, if there aren't fans in attendance, then there's not much of a point of an All-Star Game in the first place.
That's why several players have expressed their thoughts against that decision, with Karl-Anthony Towns having strong words towards the league after he lost 7 family members to Covid-19 and also tested positive himself.
Karl-Anthony Towns Rips The Idea Of Having An All-Star Game
"I personally do not believe there should be an All-Star game. But what do I know? What experience have I had with COVID?," the Dominican-American big man said, as quoted by Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic.
Karl-Anthony Towns Opens Up On His Experience With The Virus
The Minnesota Timberwolves star then shared his experience with the virus, claiming that everybody's different and no one truly knows how much it will affect them. Also, he urged people to wear masks and try and stay safe:
(Transcript via Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN)
"Getting COVID stopped everything...I am a high-risk case. COVID did not treat me well whatsoever. A lot of scary nights. (...) A lot of long nights and the vitals weren't good (at times).
Everyone is different. My underlying conditions did not play in my favor with COVID... I am the most genetically close to my mother...nothing was playing in my favor.. mental health is very real. I have dealt with it my whole life and my mother always knew how to heal me.
(...) I feel very guilty about the treatment I got [that] I [wish was] more widely available to anyone in the world. I feel very guilty... there is such mental strain through all this time. A feeling of guilt because of the resources I have. I wish I could (share) the resources".
At the end of the day, the league will make the decision that falls in line with their interests but it doesn't seem like any player is actually on board with playing that game, so it'll be interesting to see how this situation unfolds.