NBA superstars James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo became the latest high-profile players to voice their disapproval of the league's intention to put on an All-Star Game amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
"I feel the same way as some of the other players ... we're trying to calm a virus down, and we're putting on a game. I know what the reasoning is for it, but I feel like, especially with a condensed schedule, it feels like everything was forced upon players," Harden said following the Nets' loss to the Toronto Raptors on Friday.
"It's already draining," the three-time scoring champion added. "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."
De'Aaron Fox and LeBron James were the first players to openly question the league's decision to host the midseason showcase.