Except Embiid and Simmons were held out due to contact tracing from haircuts they got in Philadelphia, never interacted with other All-Stars in Atlanta and tested negative.
In fact, all NBA players, coaches and officials at All-Star repeatedly tested negative.
Per an NBA spokesperson:
All players, coaches, and game officials were tested for COVID three times after arriving in Atlanta, including a final test immediately prior to last night’s All-Star Game. Each of those tests returned a negative result, confirming no one on the court for last night’s events was infected.
John Clark of NBC Sports Philadelphia:
Source confirms that Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons have continued to test negative after it was revealed their personal barber tested positive for COVID-19
Joel and Ben are back in Philly pic.twitter.com/AZGOj5qny9
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) March 8, 2021
It seems too early for the NBA to take a victory lap. If a player contracted coronavirus just before arriving in Atlanta, he wouldn’t have necessarily tested positive yet. If someone got coronavirus while leaving Atlanta, that could be considered related to the NBA holding an All-Star game.
But the NBA’s All-Star coronavirus protocols were always well-designed to prevent spread at least as effectively as with a regular-season game.
The risk, relatively, was mostly strategic. If a coronavirus issue occurs in a regular-season game, it affects only two teams and a limited number of stars. If a coronavirus issue occurred during the All-Star game, it would have affected many teams and the league’s most-marketable players.
It’s also worth remembering: Players not participating in All-Star can get coronavirus during this break.