All-Star Game proposal is a ‘slap in the face’: Lakers’ James By Reuters

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(Reuters) – Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James said the NBA’s attempt to host an All-Star Game amid the COVID-19 pandemic was like a “slap in the face.” US media reported that the league and its players union had agreed to hold the annual exhibition event in Atlanta on March 7, and an official announcement is expected this week. “I have no energy or enthusiasm for an All-Star Game this year,” James told reporters after Thursday’s 114-93 win over the Denver Nuggets. “I don’t even understand why we’re having an All-Star Game, but it‘s the deal.” Starting this season, we were told that we weren’t going to have an All-Star Game so we’d have a nice little break … a chance for me to recalibrate for the second half of the season. “Then they throw us an All-Star Game like this, it‘s kind of a slap in the face. We are still dealing with a pandemic, with everything that has been going on, and we are going to bring the whole league in a city that is still open.” James, a 16-time All-Star pick, was among the top vote winners in the first round of fan voting and said he would be there in the body. “I will be there physically if I am selected. I will be there physically, but not mentally,” said the four-time NBA champion. Sacramento Kings point guard De’Aaron Fox said it was “stupid” to try to keep the game. “If we have to wear a mask and do all of this for a regular game, what’s the point of bringing the All-Star Game back?” he said. “Obviously, money makes the world go round, so it is what it is.”

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