The world may be on high alert about Coronavirus but Los Angeles Lakers frontman LeBron James has made it clear that he will not be playing in future games if officials bar fans from attending.
According to CBS Sports, Friday after the Lakers defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 113-103 at the Staples Center, King James was asked his feelings about reports that the NBA sent a memo informing teams that they should prepare for the possibility of playing in empty arenas.
The report cited, “There is reportedly concern around the league that pre-draft scouting visits and workouts could be limited or even canceled entirely because of the virus,” also noting, “The NBA has been in communication with both the CDC and private experts,”
Even with the caution being expressed by those in charge, James was clear on his stance.
“We play games without the fans? Nah, that’s impossible,” James told reporters, according to the Associated Press. “I ain’t playing if I ain’t got the fans in the crowd. That’s who I play for. I play for my teammates, and I play for the fans. That’s what it’s all about. So if I show up to an arena and there ain’t no fans in there, I ain’t playing. They can do what they want to do.”
That same day, a Division III NCAA men’s basketball tournament game, a step that had only been taken overseas in Japan, Italy, and Switzerland in sports like baseball, soccer, and hockey.
"If I show up to an arena and there ain't no fans in there, I ain't playing."
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