The NBA decided to resume it’s sport during a global pandemic. The 2020 season ended covid-19 free but the players brief break may soon be over due to an All-Star game being announced. Professionals who powered through a non traditional, health threatening season seem non to pleased with the leagues decision and have began to speak out.
“I have zero energy and zero excitement about an All-Star Game this year,” Lebron James said to the press. “I don’t even understand why we’re having an All-Star Game. He continued to detail the dramatically different circumstances players yielded to during a global health crisis adding “Short offseason for myself and my teammates. It was 71 days. And then coming into this season, we were told that we were not having an All-Star Game, so we’d have a nice little break.”
The 4x NBA champion appeared blindsided by their move sharing “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.”
“The Rise and Fall of Black Wall Street” film producer went on to express how the seemingly last minute decision is affecting his morale and potential health. “Were also still dealing with a pandemic, still dealing with everything that’s been going on. And we’re going to bring the whole league to one city that’s open, so obviously the pandemic has absolutely nothing to do with it at this point when it comes to that weekend. Obviously you guys can see I’m not very happy about it but it’s out of my hands. And I’ll be there if I’m selected. But I’ll be there physically, but not mentally.”
Giannis Antetokounmpo also spoke out regarding the NBA’s alleged back track saying “I think every player was looking forward to those five days, seven days, whatever the days are. While staying united with James sentiments “We’ve got to all follow the big dog. The big dog says he has zero excitement and zero energy for the All-Star Game and I’m the same way. I really right now don’t care about the All-Star Game. We cannot see our families.” But did affirm his commitment to play despite the international circumstance. “I’m always gonna do my job, I’m always showing up, showing the right example. But at the end of the day inside, deep down, I don’t want to do it. I want to get a break.”
BY: BEWITTY Staff