The NBA is doing everything it can to play the rest of the regular season and subsequent playoffs – but that may require removing fans from the stands.
The sports world is on hiatus due to global health concerns. All NBA fans are hoping the season can continue at some point this year, but even that’s not a guarantee.
The most realistic outcome for the NBA season to resume is to do so without fans in the stands. Basically, home-court advantage would essentially be eliminated, which would make for an unprecedented playoffs.
LeBron James isn’t a fan of the idea of playing without fans. The Lakers’ star forward thinks removing fans removes most of the competitive edge associated in the NBA.
“What is the word ‘sport’ without ‘fan’?” James asked on the “Road Trippin” podcast, via ESPN. “There’s no excitement. There’s no crying. There’s no joy. There’s no back-and-forth. There’s no rhyme or reason that you want to go on the road and just dethrone the home team because of their fans and vice versa.”
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LeBron did go on to say that he’ll play no matter what – playing, no matter the circumstances, remains the desire of all NBA players.
But the fans add an indescribable element to the game’s atmosphere.
Adam Silver and the NBA have plenty to think about as the league contemplates resuming the season in coming months.