April 18, 2021

Embiid, Simmons to miss All-Star Game due to COVID exposure

Team Durant and Team LeBron will be a little shorthanded for Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game in Atlanta.

According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Philadelphia 76ers stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons will miss the All-Star Game after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. 

Both players had been in quarantine since arriving in Atlanta and did not had any contact with anyone else, Charania adds

Embiid had been picked by Kevin Durant and is a starter for “Team Durant,” while LeBron James selected Simmons. It’s the fourth All-Star selection for Embiid and third for Simmons. 

The NBA’s decision to host the All-Star Game amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic was slammed by players around the league. With two players now out for the festivities, those who complained before the event will likely make their displeasure known when it’s over.

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