Los Angeles Lakers LeBron James is absolutely against hosting the NBA All Star Game this season. The NBA has plans to stage the NBA All Star Game in Atlanta, in March, but James isn't really a fan of it. The coronavirus restrictions continue to have a grip on the regular season and hosting the All Star Game could drain players even more mentally and physically.
On Thursday, the Lakers beat the Dnver Nuggets and after the game voiced his displesure with the NBA's plans to host the All Star Game. James had a triple-double in a 114-93 win over the Nuggets as he had 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
"I have zero energy and zero excitement about an All-Star Game this year," James said, per ESPN.. "I don't even understand why we're having an All-Star Game."
James underlines plalyers need a little bit of a break
"Short offseason for myself and my teammates, 71 days," James said, referring to the time the Lakers had from Game 6 of the NBA Finals in October to opening night against the LA Clippers in December.
"And then coming into this season, we were told that we were not having an All-Star Game, so we'd have a nice little break. Five days [in March] from the 5th through the 10th, an opportunity for me to kind of recalibrate for the second half of the season.
My teammates as well. Some of the guys in the league. "And then they throw an All-Star Game on us like this and just breaks that all the way up. So, um, pretty much kind of a slap in the face." The world is still in the middle of the pandemic and the United States have been one of the hardest hit nations in the world by COVID-19.
"We're also still dealing with a pandemic," James said. "We're still dealing with everything that's been going on, and we're going to bring the whole league into one city that's open? Obviously, the pandemic has absolutely nothing to do with it at this point when it comes to that weekend.
"Obviously, you guys can see that I'm not very happy about it." however, James wold still report to the NBA All Star Game. "It's the agreement that the players' association and the league came about.
... It's out of my hands," James said. "I'll be there if I'm selected. But I'll be there physically, but not mentally."