Lakers’ LeBron James not a fan of NBA games without fans: ‘There’s no excitement’

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James still can’t fathom the idea of playing games without fans or playing playoff games at a neutral site as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

"Having a game without fans — what is the word 'sport' without 'fan'?" James said on the Road Trippin’ Podcast with former teammates Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye and Lakers studio host Allie Clifton. "There’s no excitement. There’s no crying. There’s no joy. There’s no back-and-forth."

While there is no definitive date for the NBA to return — or even a firm plan when it does — it’s expected the league will return and have some conclusion to the 2019-20 season.

"One thing you can’t do is just go straight to the playoffs because it discredits the 60-plus games that guys had fighting for that position," James said.

SportsPulse: Mackenzie Salmon connected with Cleveland Cavaliers' Collin Sexton to see how he and his teammates are managing the NBA's hiatus during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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