LeBron James Makes Strong Comments Against The NBA Playing All-Star Game In March During Pandemic, Calls It A ‘Slap In The Face’

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LeBron James doesn’t seem too thrilled about the idea of players flying to Atlanta to play in an All-Star game during a shortened season in a pandemic.

On Thursday, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the NBA and the NBPA were finalizing an agreement for the All-Star game to played on March 7th.

Via ESPN

The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association will have a finalized agreement for an All-Star Game on March 7 in Atlanta by next week, according to a league memo shared with teams and obtained by ESPN.

The single-night event will encompass the Eastern Conference-Western Conference game as well as the skills competitions, according to the memo.

The NBA and NBPA are finalizing details on health and safety protocols that will govern the All-Star participants and those players dispersing for the league’s March 5-10 break, the memo said. The All-Star Game and skills competitions will be held at State Farm Arena, home of the Atlanta Hawks, sources tell ESPN.

The NBA and union are increasingly confident that enough of the league’s top players are willing to participate in the All-Star Game during a tight midseason break in this condensed pandemic schedule, sources said.

While speaking to the media the Lakers-Nuggets game on Thursday night, LeBron made some strong arguments against the game being played but said he would still be there “physically but not mentally.”

LeBron wasn’t the only player to voice his concerns about the game. Sacramento Kings star De’Aaron Fox called the idea to hold an All-Star game in the middle of a pandemic “stupid.’

Sixers star Joel Embiid said he wasn’t sure if he was going to the All-Star game and had mixed feelings about it being held.

Despite pushback from several players, it seems like the NBA is dead set on playing the All-Star game and not losing out on potential revenue in a shortened season.