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Sports World Reacts To LeBron's Response To Vaccine Question

Lakers star LeBron James on Friday night.

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - DECEMBER 18: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts during the second half of the NBA preseason game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on December 18, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

LeBron James was asked today if he plans on getting the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available to NBA players. The Los Angeles Lakers star declined to reveal his plans.

“That’s a conversation my family and I will have. I’ll keep that to a private thing,” James said on Sunday ahead of the NBA All-Star Game.

That is obviously LeBron's right. However, the Lakers star has been outspoken on a number of social and political issues. The vaccine shouldn't necessarily be one of those issues, but it has become one during the pandemic.

The NBA has said it will not mandate the vaccine for its players. However, several legendary players and Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich have all publicly announced their vaccinations. They believe it's important to tell the world they're getting vaccinated and that it is safe. Even Charles Barkley made bold - and controversial - claim about NBA players and the vaccine.

So, it's interesting that LeBron would choose to stay private about the vaccine and his decision. Perhaps he'll choose to announce his decision at a later time.

Unsurprisingly, many on social media are discussing LeBron's answer to the question.

LeBron, meanwhile, will be playing in the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night at 8 p.m.

Two players have been ruled out of the game due to contact tracing.