Thursday, the first round of results from fan voting on this year’s NBA All-Stars were released.
The news also broke that the league and the players’ association are working through an agreement for Atlanta to hold the 2021 NBA All-Star game on March 7.
That night, Lakers superstar LeBron James spoke out about the idea.
“I have zero energy and zero excitement about an All-Star game this year,” James said Thursday over a Zoom conference call. “I don’t even understand why we’re having an All-Star game.”
The 36-year-old was leading the West vote getters with more than 2.28 million fan votes.
Before the shortened season tipped off, the idea was there would be no All-Star weekend and instead the weekend would allow all 30 teams to get much needed rest.
James says he will participate, but that doesn’t mean he's happy about it.
“I’ll be there physically, but not mentally,” he said.
James continued, “Coming into this season, you know, we were told that we were not having an All-Star game, so we’d have a nice little break… And then they throw an All-Star game on us like this and just breaks that all the way up. So, pretty much kind of a slap in the face. And we’re also still dealing with a pandemic. We’re still dealing with everything that’s been going on, and we’re going to bring the whole league into one city that’s open? Obviously, the pandemic has absolutely nothing to do with it at this point when it comes to that weekend.”
Trail Blazers veteran Carmelo Anthony agrees with his fellow competitor and friend.
Melo was asked his feelings on the NBA going through with holding an All-Star game this year.
“If they feel like it’s the right thing to do, then it’s the right thing to do, they know best, not me,” Melo added.
If the game does go on as planned, this will be the third time that Atlanta will host an All-Star Game and it will be the first time since 2003.