WATCH: LeBron "Ain't Playing" If The NBA Plays Games With No Fans Because Of Coronavirus
The coronavirus panic is real right now. It’s cancelling major music festivals, putting some of the biggest events in the world in jeopardy, changing Tim Hortons’ biggest contest, and now? Major sports leagues are trying to figure out how to deal.
On Friday, the NBA reportedly sent a memo to all of its teams, telling them to start working on plans to play games in empty arenas, with only essential staff in attendance.
Well, the NBA’s biggest star doesn’t love the idea.
LeBron James addresses the #NBA issuing a memo on the possibility of playing games without fans in the arena.— Lauren A. Jones (@LoJoMedia) March 7, 2020
“Play games without the fans? No, that’s impossible...I ain’t playing.” pic.twitter.com/CRVl9XVbMl
“We play games without the fans?” James asked. “Nah, that’s impossible. 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, 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, so they can do what they wanna do.”
The NBA’s already looking at limiting media access to players and their locker rooms, following the NHL’s lead.
The NBA is discussing limiting locker room access only to players and team personnel due to coronavirus situation, with media handled via other settings to protect everyone, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 7, 2020
It’ll be interesting to see where this goes in the coming days.
NBA team doctors and trainers will have a conference call on Monday morning to discuss next steps with coronavirus, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 8, 2020