1999 NBA LOCKOUT SEASON. NO ALL-STAR.
Due to the lockout, that season the 1999 Philadelphia All-Star Weekend was suspended. There were only 50 regular season games, instead of 82, with the San Antonio Spurs winning the championship.
Two months before the All-Star Weekend, the regular season had not started, and the event was canceled:
The All-Star Game is the latest casualty of the NBA lockout. The only thing
left to save is the season itself. Ending a 47-year-old tradition of bringing
its top talent together for a special showcase, the NBA on Tuesday canceled the
All-Star Game, which had been set for Feb. 14 in Philadelphia. "This is just a
result of the inexorable march of the calendar," commissioner David Stern said.
There just isn't enough time left to have a season with an All-Star Game. "We
apologize to the city of Philadelphia, but we promise to bring the All-Star
Weekend back as soon as possible." Stern called Mayor Edward Rendell to break the
news, but it really didn't come as a surprise. The cancellation meant
Philadelphia would lose an estimated
$35 million in business associated with the game.
Associated Press, Wednesday, December 9, 1998
1999 rookies (Elton Brand, Steve Francis, Richard Hamilton or Baron Davis for example) couldn't play their All-Star Game, so since 2000 NBA All-Star sophomores and rookies play against each other in the Rookie Challenge.
Philadelphia fans had to wait until 2002 to watch the All-Star Weekend again at home. On Dec. 23 1999 the NBA announced the Sixers to host this yearly party.