LeBron James Refuses to Play If NBA Bans Fans Over Coronavirus | 22 Words

Amid the coronavirus panic, the NBA reportedly announced to their players that they may be considering banning fans from the courtside in any future games.

Well, NBA legend, LeBron James isn't having any of this and has taken a firm stand for his fans.

Keep scrolling to read more about the generous player, and to hear what he had to say about the proposed ban...

 

LeBron James is known for his iconic basketball career.

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The thirty-five-year-old is widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all-time through his sensational career with the Lakers.

But basketball is far from his only passion.

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James is well immersed in the world of education and getting kids on the right track - using his influence for good.

And he's certainly not all talk...

The star has been involved with several programs and schemes, including funding the "Wheels for Education" program, which provides kids with school supplies, access to computers, and a bike as part of a system designed to keep kids motivated to complete their studies and reach their full potential grades-wise.

But, without a doubt, James launched his biggest project 2 years ago.

The NBA legend opened his own public school - The I Promise School.

James' I Promise School was originally designed to be an experiment.

The public school, supported by the LeBron James Family Foundation, opened its doors in 2018 after the star teamed up with Akron Public Schools to make the project a reality.

The school is specifically catered to underprivileged children.

Located in James' hometown Akron, Ohio, the school houses 240 at-risk third and fourth-grade students.

James' school provides free meals for the kids...

As well as services designed to help both children and parents who are struggling - including stress management and an on-site food bank.

On top of that, all pupils receive a free bike when they arrive at the school.

This is something extremely close to James' heart after he admitted that having a bike gave him the freedom to explore and escape some of the more dangerous parts of the neighbourhood while growing up.

At the time of the school's launch in 2018, James spoke out about the motivation behind the life-changing project.

"We want to create an environment of family where you want to always be around your family," he said, per the BBC. "No matter the good and the bad, you always want to be around that support system."

His own childhood experiences sparked the idea.

"School didn't mean anything to me," he said. "There were just a lot of empty days, empty nights and just kind of a no-future thought process." "It was mentally challenging. No kid at eight, nine should have that stress... so I know exactly what a lot of these kids are going through."

The basketball sensation has poured his heart and soul into the school.

And hopes that his school will provide a second chance for kids who are struggling at home or falling behind in their education.

However, the I Promise school is different from other institutions ran by celebrities...

It's not a charter school run by a private operator but a public school operated by the district, with the school’s $2 million budget funded by the district.

Through this venture, the NBA star proved he's a role model both on and off the court.

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And he's truly gone above and beyond to be an inspirational figure in so many kids' lives.

LeBron has always been a man of the people...

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And, throughout years of major success, he has always remained grounded and stayed true to himself.

And he loves his fans.

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So much so that he has vowed to not play if the NBA bans fans from basketball matches.

His announcement comes amid the coronavirus crisis...

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Where many major sporting events such as the Olympic Games are facing potential cancellation to avoid any further spread of the virus.

And, on Friday, the NBA hinted that they may need to play matches without fans present...

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Just to minimize the risk of contamination. They sent a memo to players which explained that fans may potentially be banned from coming to watch the matches from the courtside.

But James isn't having any of this...

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And has claimed that he will downright refuse to play if fans aren't allowed into the court.

James has said that he only plays for his fans...

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And that there would be no point him playing without them. Speaking to a Sports Center reporter, James said: “No, 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, I play for the fans, that’s what it’s all about. If I show up to an arena and there ain’t no fans in there, I ain’t playing."

He doesn't care what the rest of the world is doing.

“I ain’t never played a game without no fans ever since I started playing ball. I don’t give a damn, this ain’t Europe. They can do what they want to do." You can watch his interview above. Recently, James lost one of his closest friends - Kobe Bryant. Keep scrolling to read the powerful speech he gave at his memorial service...