When the NBA resumed amidst the pandemic, Adam Silver made the bizarre decision of bringing in virtual fans through an organized setup. Well, tonight’s power-packed Lakers-Thunder game has thrown another surprise in the stands. The LeBron James sponsored ‘I Promise School’ students are given the opportunity to join the game virtually.
Also, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that the absence of fans does pull out a large amount of adrenaline from the match, but the least is being done.
It’s a big night where the Chris Paul led Oklahoma City Thunder take on the top-seeded Western team, Los Angeles Lakers. Moreover, this match has become all the more interesting with some children from ‘I Promise’ school, visible in the stands virtually.
I Promise School students to watch LeBron James virtually in the stands
‘I Promise School’ is an elementary school in Akron, Ohio that is supported by LeBron James Family Foundation. It was opened in 2018 and LeBron has played a huge role in its contribution.
The game tonight has been brightened up by some young faces from this school, and they seem extremely happy to be there, supporting James. Bleacher Report journalist, Taylor Rooks tweeted about the same as well and mentioned who all have joined there tonight.
The tweet read, “Special virtual fans behind the Lakers bench today – a group from the LeBron James Family Foundation. I PROMISE School students (grades 3-6) and staff, Akron I PROMISE program students (grades 7-12), and LeBron’s 330 Ambassadors.”
Special virtual fans behind the Lakers bench today – a group from the LeBron James Family Foundation.
I PROMISE School students (grades 3-6) and staff, Akron I PROMISE program students (grades 7-12), and LeBron’s “330 Ambassadors.” pic.twitter.com/4hJLBJVS9O
— Taylor Rooks (@TaylorRooks) August 5, 2020
But will they see the likes of LeBron James and Anthony Davis take on the show?
Additionally, popular rapper, Lil Wayne was also seen enjoying the game out there on those video boards. When the camera zoomed in on him, he was completely in the game mode.
It’s exciting to see the new ways of making the experience worth it from home as well. But leagues all over the world are coming up with their own ways. The NBA is bringing in virtual fans through Microsoft Teams to make it less disappointing for the viewers.