The NBA has announced it will have its annual All-Star game but one of league’s biggest names is not thrilled about the idea.
Los Angeles Lakers player LeBron James said the decision to have the one-off game is a “slap in the face” for players after being told that there wouldn’t be one.
James, 36, told reporters yesterday, “I have zero energy and zero excitement about an All-Star Game this year. I don’t even understand why we’re having an All-Star Game.”
“Obviously, the pandemic has absolutely nothing to do with it at this point when it comes to that weekend.”– LeBron James
He added, “Five days (in March) from the fifth through the 10th, an opportunity for me to kind of recalibrate for the second half of the season — my teammates as well, some of the guys in the league. And then they throw an All-Star Game on us like this and just breaks that all the way up. So, um, pretty much kind of a slap in the face.”
He further said that with the ongoing pandemic, there should have been greater concern for the safety of everyone.
“We’re also still dealing with a pandemic,” James — who was named a captain for the past three seasons — said. “We’re still dealing with everything that’s been going on, and we’re going to bring the whole league into one city that’s open? Obviously, the pandemic has absolutely nothing to do with it at this point when it comes to that weekend.”
The highest voted for players are selected as captains for the two teams and those two captains pick their teams in a draft format. James is currently second in the votes, behind Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets.