LeBron: NBA shouldn't go straight to playoffs if season resumes

Rex Arbogast

Rex Arbogast

Past recipients of a LeBron James high-five may be the owners of relics. There's no joy. There's no back-and-forth. James has not publicly addressed the lawsuit. James scoffed at the idea in the early stages of the USA pandemic before the reality of the coronavirus set in. Wait "til you see me and my teammates' handshakes after this s-t". 1-7 seeds play the teams at the bottom of the West for their tune-up games. I'm not going to sit here and say nothing. Several players around the league have contracted the virus, including Utah Jazz teammates Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, as well as four Brooklyn Nets players.

Three days and a lot of coronavirus news later, James changed his stance. "At the same time, you gotta listen to the people that's keeping a track on what's going on". It appeared they were rounding into form and that they had a legitimate shot at catching the Bucks for the best record in the league.

And then, it sort of faded into the background as the National Basketball Association season started.

LeBron James is open to creative ways to play during the shutdown, but can't imagine how it would feel without fans. But even in that situation, James laments the idea of doing it without fans.

LeBron James was supposed to make his lone visit of the season to Cleveland Thursday night, with the Cavaliers hosting the Los Angeles Lakers at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Let's just go to each other's practice facility, put out a camera, just scrimmage and livestream it. ...

"When you've been building six months of conditioning and preparation and then [it's gone], the narrative that I don't like [is], 'Well, now guys get so much rest.' Or, like, 'LeBron, he's 35, he's got so many minutes on his body, now he gets so much rest, '" he said. "It's just, it's a weird dynamic".

"So. the rest factor - I think it's a little bit overblown".

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