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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James might miss his kids dearly. Yet, he declined to have his children visit the NBA’s quarantined campus for a specific reason.
“There’s nothing for them to do,” James said following the Lakers’ 117-109 Game 2 win over the Houston Rockets on Sunday.
To the delight of most players and the frustration of some coaches, the NBA has allowed only players to invite family members to visit the campus in the past week after each respective team advanced past the first round of the playoffs. James’ wife Savannah has attended, but their 16-year-old son Bronny, 13-year-old son Bryce and 5-year-old daughter Zhuri have stayed in Los Angeles.
“There’s literally nothing for them to do here,” James said. “It’s not a kid friendly place.”
There are various accommodations on the NBA campus. Each hotel has pools and gyms. Teams have access to golf courses and fishing expeditions. But the Disney World properties have remained closed both to the general public as well as everyone on campus. Everyone here is subject to daily coronavirus testing as well as social-distancing and mask-wearing rules. Teams have a heavy itinerary with games taking place every other day as well as practices in between.
“My kids are too adventurous and they love to do so much stuff,” James said. “There’s nothing for them to do here. Go outside, come back in, go outside, come back in. They can stay in L.A. They’re great.”
James would not describe himself that way.