LeBron James: ‘Zero sense’ for high school basketball players to have masks under their chin

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LeBron James is arguably one of the top three basketball players of all time and has one of the smartest basketball IQs of anyone who has ever stepped on the floor.

There was something perplexing the Los Angeles Lakers superstar on Thursday night as he prepared to return to NBA action after his own COVID scare. He couldn’t understand why players on his son Bronny’s high school basketball team wore face masks under their chin rather than over their nose and mouth.

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Bronny James #0 of the Sierra Canyon Trailblazers passes the ball against the Minnehaha Academy Red Hawks during the game at Target Center in Minneapolis on January 4, 2020.
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“I’m sorry but I’m at my boys game and the mask under my chin makes no sense to me!!” James tweeted.

Bronny James is a top basketball prospect who plays for Sierra Canyon High School in Chatsworth, California.

The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) monitoring guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) by wearing masks indoors in September.

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Sierra Canyon Trailblazers' Bronny James #0 looks on during the second half of the game against the Minnehaha Academy Red Hawks at Target Center in Minneapolis on January 4, 2020.

Sierra Canyon Trailblazers’ Bronny James #0 looks on during the second half of the game against the Minnehaha Academy Red Hawks at Target Center in Minneapolis on January 4, 2020.
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“On September 1, 2021, the CRPD issued an update clarifying that current educational guidelines requiring all individuals (adults and students) to wear a mask inside a K-12 school, regardless of status vaccine, apply to extracurricular activities, including K-12 school-sponsored sports and sporting events. It further clarifies that these guidelines also apply to student-athletes participating in indoor sport,” the CIF said.

The CIF said young athletes may not wear masks if the American Academy of Pediatrics decides wearing a mask may pose a choking hazard. Competitive cheering, gymnastics, wrestling, and indoor water sports were among these sports.

The California Department of Public Health has touted mask-wearing in its guidelines this year to prevent the spread of COVID.

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, center, grimaces after making a basket against the Detroit Pistons, with guard Russell Westbrook, left, watching a video replay during the second half of a basketball game at the NBA Sunday, November 28, 2021, in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, center, grimaces after making a basket against the Detroit Pistons, with guard Russell Westbrook, left, watching a video replay during the second half of a basketball game at the NBA Sunday, November 28, 2021, in Los Angeles.
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“Masks are one of the most effective and simple layers of safety mitigation to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 infections to school and to support full-time in-person instruction in schools K -12”, tips read in part.

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James is expected to play for the Lakers on Friday after his positive COVID-19 test turned out to be a false positive.

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