(Reuters) – Los Angeles Lakers ahead LeBron James stated the NBA’s bid to stage an All-Star Sport amid the COVID-19 pandemic was like a “slap within the face”.
U.S. media reported that the league and its gamers union had agreed to carry the annual exhibition occasion in Atlanta on March 7, with an official announcement anticipated this week.
“I’ve zero vitality and 0 pleasure about an All-Star Sport this yr,” James advised reporters after Thursday’s 114-93 victory over Denver Nuggets. “I do not even perceive why we’re having an All-Star Sport, nevertheless it’s the settlement.
“Coming into this season, we had been advised that we weren’t having an All-Star Sport, so we might have a pleasant little break … a chance for me to type of recalibrate for the second half of the season.
“Then they throw an All-Star Sport on us like this, it is just about type of a slap within the face. We’re nonetheless coping with a pandemic, with every thing that is been happening, and we’ll deliver the entire league right into a metropolis that is nonetheless open.”
James, a 16-time All-Star, was among the many main vote-getters within the first spherical of fan voting and stated he could be there in physique .
“I will be there bodily if I am chosen. I will be there bodily, however not mentally,” the four-times NBA champion stated.
Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox stated it was “silly” to attempt to maintain the sport.
“If we now have to put on a masks and do all of this for a daily recreation, then what is the level of bringing the All-Star Sport again?” he stated. “Clearly, cash makes the world go spherical, so it’s what it’s.”
(Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru; Modifying by Peter Rutherford)