In response to criticism of the NBA holding an All-Star Game during the middle of a pandemic, Adam Silver went on record to say he believes playing the exhibition game is the "right thing to do."

"It's a global event for us, and we're making our best efforts to embrace all aspects of our league to the extent we can through this pandemic and this is just one more opportunity," said Silver. "I'll add that of course I'm listening to those who don't think it's a good idea, and I think that's been the cases in terms of essentially everything we've done since we shut down [nearly] a year ago because of the pandemic."