Lakers’ LeBron James changes stance on playing games with no fans
After initially saying he wouldn’t play games without fans in the building, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James has changed his stance in the wake of increasing concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.
After Friday’s game, when asked about the possibility of playing in front of empty arenas, LeBron was pretty adamant that he was against it:
“I ain’t playing … That’s who I play for. I play for my teammates. I play for the fans. That’s what it’s all about. If I show up to an arena and there are no fans in there, I ain’t playing. They can do what they want to do.”
LeBron James on possibility of NBA playing games behind closed doors because of coronavirus. LeBron: “I ain’t playing” if there are no fans pic.twitter.com/kpHg6bsFYO
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) March 7, 2020
The Lakers star revised his remarks on Tuesday after clearly getting more information about the situation:
“When I was asked the question of ‘Would you play without no fans?’, I had no idea that it was actually a conversation going on behind closed doors about the particular virus. Obviously, I would be very disappointed not having the fans, because thats what I play for … At the same time, you gotta listen to the people that’s keeping a track on what’s going on. If they feel it’s best for the safety of the players, the safety of the franchise, the safety of the league to mandate that, then we’ll all listen to them.”
LeBron James has a new stance on his sentiments of possibly playing games without fans in the arena pic.twitter.com/RbmNKiOTp6
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) March 10, 2020
The NBA has begun taking preventative measures to protect against the virus, including new locker room protections. A conference call is scheduled for Wednesday with the league’s owners to discuss more potential strategies, and playing games with just “essential staff” in the building is certainly a possibility.