Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden Agree With ‘Big Dog’ LeBron James; Against NBA All-Star Game

Published 02/06/2021, 6:46 AM EST
Jan 21, 2021; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) is defended by Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Monroe/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports


Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James made a statement yesterday about his outlook on the NBA All-Star game, saying he has zero excitement for it. Now, multiple NBA stars, including Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden, have spoken up in agreement.

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The Bucks star called LeBron the “Big Dog,” and said the league has to follow what he says. “We all gotta follow the Big Dog (LeBron), man. The Big Dog says he has zero excitement, zero energy for the All-Star Game. I’m the same way. … I can’t worry about the All-Star Game. I want to see my family.”

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Giannis is a four-time All-Star and has also been captain twice. But like his fellow captain LeBron, he feels that weekend can be used to spend time with family, instead of putting the league at risk with an All-Star game.

After Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden also joins in

After their game against the Raptors, Nets superstar James Harden also addressed the All-Star game uncertainties.

He said, “I feel the same way as some of the other players. We’re trying to calm a virus down, and we’re putting on an event. I know what the reasoning is for it, but I feel, especially with a condensed schedule, it feels like everything was forced upon players. It’s already draining.

“We’re playing a lot of games in a week, and I feel like that was a week for us to relax, be with our families, and take a step back away from basketball.”

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Three of the best players in the league have now voiced their opinion against the All-Star game. All three MVPs have a lot of influence in the league, and others are likely to join them. And before them, young star De’Aaron Fox spoke up against it. If the number of players disagreeing with the 2021 All-Star game increases, the NBA might be forced to change their stance too.

The All-Star game is scheduled for March 7, which is just a month away. The NBA clearly knows that player health is at risk, but will they prioritize it over money-making? The answer will be out in a few weeks.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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