Unlike LeBron James and Others, Steve Nash Places Faith in NBA All-Star Game

Published 02/05/2021, 11:36 PM EST
Feb 2, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash coaches against the Los Angeles Clippers during the third quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports


The 2021 NBA All-Star game has stirred up an uncalled controversy. When the NBA and NBPA announced that this year’s game will be held in Atlanta on March 7, they expected excitement from the players. But that’s exactly the opposite of what went down. Some players like LeBron James have expressed their concern over the safety issues that would arise after conducting this game in the midst of a pandemic. However, Steve Nash seems to have full faith in the league.

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Steve Nash trusts the league with safety

When the league resumed the season last year, the Orlando Bubble was introduced. It ensured all health and safety protocols were in place before they put the players in the Bubble.

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There was a strict policy on players being in physical contact with the outside world. And it is safe to say that they pulled it off very well and with utmost efficiency.

With the NBA All-Star game just a month away, players still raised their concerns. One of them was Lakers’ LeBron James, who called it a “slap in the face.” And we all know what Bron’s word means in the NBA, which made people think the NBA might reconsider.

Sacramento Kings‘ De’Aaron Fox followed in Bron’s footsteps and called it “stupid”. However, Bron also said that if he was selected, he would be there physically, if not mentally.

With all this negativity, Brooklyn Nets‘ head coach Steve Nash has shown some optimism.

As per Michael Scotto, Steve said, “I trust in the league. I trust that they’ll create a bubble that’s safe for that game & the trip. I trust that they have experience now with the bubble & this pseudo bubble that we’re living in, & they’ll put the players in a position to be safe.”

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The players’ concerns are valid because they could use this much-needed rest. Many of the teams didn’t even have a chance to breathe after the last season got over, and the new season was already knocking at their door. More than that, they’ve hardly had any time for family.

Nash’s point also makes sense because the NBA proved everybody wrong by how well organized the Bubble was. However, this season has been different and although the number of cases is down now, players have been affected by the coronavirus.

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So, the voice of reason seems to be louder from the players’ parts. Bringing in so many players, coaches, members from different teams together gives some red flags. And it seems like the players have no interest in taking unnecessary risks.

Jan 25, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates his three-point basket in the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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