Report: Participating player wanted to leave 2021 NBA All-Star Game at halftime

LeBron James in 2021 70th NBA All-Star Game
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Jimmy Butler infamously sat out the 2018 NBA All-Star Game at his own request.

Even LeBron James – who said last year, “I have zero energy and zero excitement about an All-Star game this year … I’ll be there physically, but not mentally” – played in 2021 All-Star Game.

But someone’s commitment to last year’s All-Star game neared Butler territory.

Marc J. Spears of ESPN:

I did hear there was one superstar who I’ll leave nameless who was trying to leave at halftime. They wouldn’t let him.

Not saying, just saying: LeBron, after scoring four points on 2-of-7 shooting in the first half, didn’t play in the second half of last year’s All-Star game.