Amid today’s Laker shoot around, media asked him if his sentiment changed about not wanting to play games without spectators in the arena and he said, “It’s funny because when I was questioned I had no idea that there were conversations going on behind closed doors about the particular virus. Obviously, I would be very disappointed not having those fans there because that’s who I play for. I play for my family and my fans.”
LeBron continued, explaining that if the powers that be decides that playing in empty arenas is what’s safest, then so be it.
“You gotta listen to the people that are keeping track of what’s going on, & if they feel it’s best for the safety of the players, franchise, and league…to mandate that, then we all listen to it,” he added.
On March 7, King James had a much different response to the crazy idea of not having fans at games despite it being a precautionary measure to lessen the spread of coronavirus.
“We play games without the fans? Nah, it’s impossible,” the Los Angeles Lakers star told reporters. “I ain’t playing. If I ain’t got the fans in the crowd, that’s who I play for. I play for my teammates, the fans, that’s what it’s all about. If I show up to an arena and there ain’t no fans in there, I ain’t playing. They can do what they want to do. I ain’t ever played the game without no fans, ever, since I started playing ball.”
He concluded, “I don’t give a damn, this isn’t Europe. They can do what they want to do.”
The virus first broke out in China weeks ago, and while cases have slowed down there, Italy’s 10,000 cases and 630 deaths have continued to balloon. The USA has continued to fight the virus with 800 cases current cases –as more people are expected to test positive– and 27 deaths.