According to Professional Basketball player Lebron James, the absence of fans during games takes out the excitement, crying, and joy. The NBA player spoke extensively for the first time following the Association’s announcement to suspend its season due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Los Angeles Lakers star player Lebron Raymone James Sr. went on to highlight some of the challenges the league is facing as it looks forward to getting back on the court.
“According to Pro NBA player Lebron James, it is a weird dynamic to play without fans in attendance– there’s no joy, crying or excitement.”
James was a guest on the Road Trippin’ Podcast hosted by Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye who used to be Cleveland Cavaliers teammates, alongside current Los Angeles Lakers studio host Allie Clifton, where he asked a question, “So what happens when a guy who is tested positive for corona and you’re out there on the floor with him, and it’s a loose ball?”
The Los Angeles Lakers were supposed to play the Cavaliers in Cleveland on Thursday, and that was the same day the Podcast was released. The Podcast was presented by ‘Uninterrupted,’ James’ multimedia platform. It had been two weeks already since the NBA’s discontinuity in the games following the 14 reported cases of coronavirus which involved personnel and players, two Lakers inclusive.
James who happened to have played 11 of his 17 seasons in Cleveland and is a native of Akron, Ohio, referred to the 2016 championship banner when he said, “It’s always special going back there and looking up there and look at that banner, “Think about all the great memories that we had. And then being able to play in front of my friends and family again. That would have been so cool. … I’m kind of bummed out about that.”
He also expressed his disappointment at the mere thought of having to return to the court to play games with the fans.”What is the word ‘sport’ without ‘fan’?” James asked. “There’s no excitement. There’s no crying. There’s no joy. There’s no back-and-forth.
“… That’s what also brings out the competitive side of the players to know that you’re going on the road in a hostile environment, and yes, you’re playing against that opponent in front of you, but you want to kick the fans’ ass too.
“So to get back on the floor, I would love it. I’m not going to sit here and say nothing. Like, if it’s getting out there and get back on the floor 5-on-5 … but like, we can do that in scrimmages. Let’s just go to each other’s practice facility, put out a camera, just scrimmage, and Livestream it. … I just don’t know how we can imagine a sporting event without fans. It’s just; it’s a weird dynamic.”
“The league shut down all practice facilities hence James is forced to train on his own”
During the Podcast, James and the other hosts present did not forget to acknowledge the logistical concerns about what would need to be done to a turn back on the lights for the league. James quickly objected when Jefferson, who is also an NBA analyst for ESPN, suggested that the teams be isolated for the duration of the postseason in a league-selected hotel as part of the safety measure, “I ain’t doing that sh**,” James responded.
James intends to adjust a couple of his interaction habits for when the fans return. The pro player said he would not be giving high-fives to anyone at least for the rest of his life, including his teammates.
Thirty-five years old Lebron feels a shortened regular-season finale that would include 5 to 10 games needed to be done before the playoff bracket, he said that going straight to the playoffs just can’t be done, “Because it discredits the 60-plus games that guys had fighting for that position.”
The Road Trippin’ crew suggested that those games be used mainly for the nos. 8-11 seeds teams currently in the western conference to play each other while teams seeded Nos. 1-7 play the other organizations for their turn up games at the button of the West.
Lakers star James was especially excited about the Portland Trail Blazers since they had a good chance of ending up as the Los Angeles Lakers’ first-round opponent.