An event that fans have been eagerly awaiting, the All-Star Game also generally attracts many celebrities and league icons. However, this year’s former glory has decided to snub the meeting…his biggest regret!
Thanks to its spectacular side, the concentration of superstars per square meter, and the legendary events that accompany it, the All-Star Game is always a special day on the NBA calendar. Even during the slight dip in interest observed in the mid-2010s, fans continued to respond to appointments. The same goes for public figures.
Every year, in the room chosen by Adam Silver and his assistants, it’s really not hard to find the stars of mass communication. That should still be the case for the 2022 edition, despite the lack of appeal of the host city Cleveland. In the absence of pop culture figures, it’s up to League legends to fill the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse bays anyway!
Bill Russell not selected for the All-Star Game
On the NBA’s 75th anniversary, and its 50th anniversary, all of the greatest players in history have been called to meet in the Cavaliers’ lair. So this should provide an unforgettable family portrait, although unfortunately one of them won’t answer the phone. Bill Russell revealed in a press release posted on his Twitter account that he won’t be going to Ohio this Sunday!
— TheBillRussell (@RealBillRussell) February 15, 2022
I’m proud to have been to 12 All-Star Games and have the privilege of being a fan so many times, so I don’t make the decision not to play lightly. One of those — especially the 75th anniversary of our league. But I also don’t take COVID lightly, so I’m being cautious and doing what I can to stay healthy. So I’ll be watching this year’s game at home.
So it’s obviously unfortunate that the Celtics and the mythical pivot of the record holder for the number of championship rings won’t be in the festivities. However, he said the league had listened to him and it would never try to change his mind.
Thank you to the NBA for doing a good job with their COVID protocols and respecting my decision in this particular year. Stay safe everyone and enjoy the game.
So Bill Russell won’t be able to honor the league’s 75th anniversary invitation at the NBA’s 50th anniversary All-Star Game meeting in Cleveland. The choice of five-time MVP is regrettable, but can only be respected!