Lebron James is proving once again that he will not just shut up and dribble. The outspoken basketball legend (and all-round good guy) has weighed into the coronavirus issue, after it was suggested that the NBA may play games behind closed doors and away from fans in an effort to reduce coronavirus contraction. The potential fan-ban didn’t sit well will James though, who shut down reporters when asked about the possibility of playing to an empty stadium.
“We play games without the fans? Nah, that’s impossible. I ain’t playing, if I ain’t got the fans in the crowd, that’s who I play for,” James told Sportcenter reporters after the Lakers win over the Bucks on Saturday.
“We play games without the fans? Nah, that’s impossible. I ain’t playing, if I ain’t got the fans in the crowd, that’s who I play for.
—LeBron James on the possibility of playing games without fans in attendance due to concerns from the Coronavirus pic.twitter.com/E3Yb41YfCK
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 7, 2020
But The King may not have a choice. Sporting events across Asia and Europe are already being closed to the public to mitigate the coronavirus risk. Even music festivals like Ultra and SXSW were recently abandoned after concerns grew too strong to ignore. The NBA has so far been slow to respond to the issue, however, the organisation has made the decision to close locker rooms and clubhouses to the news media and any non-essential personnel.
The Corona Virus has officially hit Oregon. More specifically Lake Oswego…Make sure y’all washing y’all hands with soap for 20 or more seconds & covering ya mouths when you cough. I am officially taking a break from signing autographs until further notice.
— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) February 29, 2020
Early last week, fellow NBA star and Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum announced he was “taking a break” from signing autographs and shaking hands to reduce the risk of contraction. Whether the NBA fan-ban takes full effect or not is yet to be confirmed, but it does pose the question; what is a king without his court?