The NBA notified all the teams that they should start preparing for the possibility of playing games without fans in attendance because of the Coronavirus. Earlier this week, the NBA sent a memorandum where they advise that players don’t exchange handshakes with fans but also that they don’t take any items from the fans.
NBA has been sending several informational memos to teams in order to prepare for whatever develops from coronavirus situation. A reminder of existing rules regarding postponement or cancellations of games was provided Friday night. https://t.co/17ac6wSiDt
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After last night’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks, LeBron James was speaking with the news reporters who asked him about the possibility of playing without fans in attendance. LeBron said he would not be happy if that happens because the fans are the ones who are essential for the game. LeBron even said he would go so far of not playing in the game if the league announces fans no longer can attend because of the Coronavirus.
“We play games without fans? Nah, that’s impossible. “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.”
It will be interesting to see if the league decides to pursue this idea because it might have considerable consequences. It’s not excluded other players follow LeBron’s plan and not play in games that have no fans in the stands. Coronavirus is registered in 92 countries around the world, and in the United States, there are over 200 people that are infected. It might happen that the virus outbreak reached its peak, and we see it decreases, but the league doesn’t want to take any risks which might not sit well with the fans and the players.