LeBron James Refuses to Play if NBA Bans Fans Amid Coronavirus Fears

The NBA has reportedly advised teams to plan for playing games in front of empty arenas due to concerns over the coronavirus. However, LeBron James says he will not play games to arenas with no fans.

After the Los Angeles Lakers’ win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday, the Lakers superstar was asked about his stance on the NBA’s plans to protect fans and players from the coronavirus.

“We play games without the fans? Nah, that’s impossible,” James told The Associated Press. “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, and I play for the fans. That’s what it’s all about. So 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.”

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