LeBron James Says He "Ain't Playing" if Fans Are Banned From NBA Games Due to Coronavirus

March 9, 2020
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After his Los Angeles Lakers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 113-103 this past Friday, LeBron James told reporters that he won't play if the NBA bans fans from attending games over coronavirus fears. “We play games without the fans? Nah, that’s impossible,” James said. “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.” With the win over the Bucks, the Lakers clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 2013. Meanwhile, officials in both Los Angeles County and the city of Los Angeles have declared an emergency as the number of coronavirus cases continued to increase.