BREAKING: NBA owners planning to either delay season or play games without fans

Just a few days ago NBA star Lebron James mocked the idea of playing NBA games without fans due to coronavirus fears, saying he wouldn’t participate.

Now it’s an absolute real possibility.

Lebron James said “We play games without the fans? Nah, it’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 team-mates, 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. They can do what they want to do. I ain’t ever played the game without no fans, ever, since I started playing ball. I don’t give a damn, this isn’t Europe. They can do what they want to do.”


Yahoo reports NBA owners reached a consensus in a Wednesday meeting to either continue playing the season without fans in arenas or delay the season altogether in response to the spread of the coronavirus, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe report.

Wojnarowski clarified that the league is leaning toward moving forward to playing games without fans.

The news arrives hours after the NCAA made the extraordinary decision to play its men’s and women’s basketball tournament in arenas without fans. An official decision is expected Thursday, according to the report.

The Golden State Warriors announced earlier Wednesday that they would play a Thursday home game against the Brooklyn Nets without fans in attendance. The team announced that decision after San Francisco Mayor London N. Breed barred gatherings of more than 1,000 people in the city.