LeBron James has spoken out after the Los Angeles Lakers’ 114: 93 victory against the Denver Nuggets against the All-Star Game in 2021. Previously, there were consistent reports in the media that the NBA and the NBPA players’ union had agreed to host the event.
“I have zero energy and zero enthusiasm for an all-star game this season,” said the 36-year-old in a media discussion. The fact that the game should take place after all is a “slap in the face” after the league had actually canceled the event.
The All-Star Weekend planned for February in the original season calendar was canceled before the start of the new season due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now at least the All-Star Game should take place, the date is probably March 7th. There is a break in the NBA schedule from March 5th to March 10th.
LeBron was actually looking forward to this break after his short offseason after winning the title with the Lakers, the King said. Instead, he will now appear in the All-Star Game, currently he is in second place behind Kevin Durant in the fan voting. “I’ll be there physically, but not mentally,” LeBron said.
“I don’t even know why we have an All-Star Game,” added the King. “We are still in the middle of a pandemic and we have to deal with whatever is happening. And then we bring the whole league to a city that is still open. I’m not very happy with that, but that’s out of my hands . If I am elected, I will be physically present. “
According to ESPN the league and the NBPA could still negotiate a release clause for the players in the coming week, when the final agreement is to be reached. Thus, individual actors who do not want to participate in the All-Star Game could cancel. The players union president, Chris Paul, is meanwhile a supporter of the All-Star Game. He wants to donate the income generated from this to charitable purposes, for example historically African-American colleges and universities or Corona Relief Funds.