Most know how influential LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers is. Hence, it only makes sense that anything that needs a push such as getting vaccinated for COVID-19 would get a boost from the NBA star.

However, the four-time NBA champion recently said that it is not his job to convince anyone to get the COVID-19 jab. To put it plainly, James said that it’s not his job to try and convince anyone.

Of course, it is possible that James was aware that there is a division when it comes to getting vaccinated. The fact that there are players like Kyrie Irving who hold a strong stance against it is one example.

Regardless, James did reveal that he has already gotten the jab. Perhaps that alone is a sign that most should get jabbed for protection against the virus.

But the issue here appears to be James’ refusal to go beyond that. And one player who admits he is disappointed by it is Enes Kanter of the Portland Trail Blazers.

"LeBron James, he's one of the faces of the league," Kanter said, "and he should be the first one to go out there and say, 'Listen, everyone. I got the vaccine, and I'm encouraging everyone, my community, everyone, basketball fans, non-basketball fans and sports fans are just going out there and get this vaccine, so we can save other lives.'"

While the 29-year-old may have a point, the final say is on James.

Others concur with the Lakers' superstar’s actions. That includes Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors who believe it's not a decision he should be putting pressure on others to make.

Of course, Kanter may have other things in mind behind his statement. But right now, James and Green may be doing what they feel is best and just want to influence people by getting the jab themselves.

Enes Kanter #00 of the New York Knicks confronts LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers
Enes Kanter #00 of the New York Knicks confronts LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers Getty Images | Jim McIsaac

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