With the threatening spread of COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus, the NBA is proposing to stage its games in empty arenas without fans being present. Reported by “The Atlantic,” the NBA has already sent out a memo to teams advising them of their strategy, which would keep the games on television, but without the presence of fans in the arenas.
Even though the NBA’s reasoning is to try and help prevent the spread of coronavirus, LeBron still gave a resounding “no” to the plan. He said that he plays for the fans, and “if I show up to an arena and there ain’t no fans in there, I ain’t playing.”
The U.S. would be following a protocol such as the one already in place in Italy. Italy has already been holding games without sports fans in attendance because it’s been hard hit by coronavirus. In typical LeBron fashion, his response to following the strategy already being implemented by Italy was “I don’t give a damn, this isn’t Europe. They can do what they want to do.”
As of now, the NBA has not imposed the requirement that players must play games without their beloved fans in attendance. We’ll soon see if that changes.