The NBA appears prepared to go ahead with an All-Star Game, but the league’s biggest name isn’t too keen on the idea.
Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James threw cold water on the NBA’s plans Thursday night, calling the idea a “slap in the face” after the league initially scrapped the game due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The NBA and the players union are currently negotiating on a March 7 game in Atlanta, with reports Thursday that an agreement is imminent.
“I have zero energy and zero excitement about an All-Star Game this year,” James said after the Lakers defeated the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center. “I don’t even understand why we’re having an All-Star Game.”
If a game is played, James, who leads the Western Conference in the first batch of fan voting released Thursday, said he would “be there physically but not mentally.”
James is not the first notable player to voice concerns about the league’s All-Star Game plans. Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox called the idea “stupid” on Wednesday.
“If I’m going to be brutally honest, I think it’s stupid,” Fox said. “If we have to wear a mask and do all of this for a regular game, then what’s the point of bringing the All-Star Game back?
“Obviously, money makes the world go round, so it is what it is.”