Lakers’ LeBron James is not happy about the situation he finds himself in. The NBA is now planning to organize an All-Star game in Atlanta.
This arrangement comes after the authorities decided upon not having an All-Star game this season because of the global pandemic situation.
Earlier, the 2021 All-Star game, which was supposed to be held in Indianapolis. This was canceled before the start of this season. However, according to The Athletic, the NBA has reached an agreement with the players association on Thursday to host the game on 7th March in Atlanta.
James making his displeasure heard
The Lakers won against Denver Nuggets on Thursday night. After the win, LeBron James was being asked about the All-Star game being held in Atlanta. According to Firstpost, he said “I have zero energy and zero excitement about an All-Star Game this year. I am not happy about it. If I am selected I will be there physically but not mentally.”
James has reason to be displeased with this decision. He also said “It is pretty much a slap in the face. We are still dealing with the pandemic and they are going to bring the whole league into a city that is open.”
The 2021 season started with one of the most succinct off-seasons in recent history. This is because the league had to be stopped midway owing to the pandemic. The NBA to get back on track as promptly as possible. That is why the players had to get back to playing after such a short period of time off the court.
Since there was no All-Star game this season, the players were expecting a small break from the action. However, that is not going to be the case anymore.
Other players also do not think that this is a good idea
Sacramento Kings’ guard De’Aaron fox said “If I’m going to be brutally honest, I think it’s stupid. 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 also affirmed that he is not worried about the possibility of playing in the All-Star game. “If I get voted in, so be it.”
NBA has a rule that if a player is selected to play in the All-Star game and decides not to play, then a hefty fine is sanctioned upon him. No player would like to squander his hard-earned money over this. So, if the All-Star game happens on 7th March in Atlanta, we can expect to see all of the biggest stars of the NBA battle it out against each other. Albeit reluctantly.