Sacramento Kings guard De'Aaron Fox was straight honest when speaking about how he honestly feels about the NBA's plans to host the All Star Game this season. Reportedly, the NBA plans to host the All Star Game in March, in Atlanta.
Players have faced many challenges this season due to COVID-19 restrictions. So far, teams have managed to do a good job of avoiding major spreads within organizations. On Wednesday, Fox had a double-double as he scored 26 points and had 11 assists in a 116-111 win over the Boston Celtics.
"If I'm going to be brutally honest, I think it's stupid," Fox said after leading the Kings to a victory over the Celtics, as quoted on ESPN. "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?"
Fox would play if selected
Fox isn't a fan of hosting the NBA All Star Game this season but he acknowledged that he would if selected.
"If I get voted in, so be it," Fox said. A player that gets selected and opts not to play without a clear reason is subject to a fine. "You know you get fined -- if you're supposed to be in it and you're not hurt and you decide not to play, that's a hefty fine," Fox said.
"So hell yeah, I would play in it." Fox wasn't the only player that publicly voiced his displeasure over the plans to host the NBA All Star Game this season. Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James said he has "zero excitement" about participating in this year's NBA All Star Game.
"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."