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Report: Participating player wanted to leave 2021 NBA All-Star Game at halftime

LeBron James in 2021 70th NBA All-Star Game

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 7: LeBron James #23 of Team LeBron reacts during the 70th NBA All Star Game as part of 2021 NBA All Star Weekend on March 7, 2021 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Jimmy Butler infamously sat out the 2018 NBA All-Star Game at his own request.

Even LeBron James – who said last year, “I have zero energy and zero excitement about an All-Star game this year … I’ll be there physically, but not mentally” – played in 2021 All-Star Game.

But someone’s commitment to last year’s All-Star game neared Butler territory.

Marc J. Spears of ESPN:

I did hear there was one superstar who I’ll leave nameless who was trying to leave at halftime. They wouldn’t let him.

Not saying, just saying: LeBron, after scoring four points on 2-of-7 shooting in the first half, didn’t play in the second half of last year’s All-Star game.