LeBron, Giannis choose their teams for the All-Star Game

Heather Diaz
February 8, 2019

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) drives on Indiana Pacers forward Thaddeus Young (21) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019.

Last year, Stephen Curry and LeBron James picked the first player-drafted All-Star teams. Since it was that time of year, James said would give Antetokounmpo Westbrook for Ben Simmons, another All-Star reserve.

Antetokounmpo asked James, "Isn't that tampering?".

Davis, Irving and James were also teammates in the 2018 All-Star Game, though in that instance the three were starters.

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With the NBA All-Star Game teams now selected via draft, fans of the league were interested to hear who would be taken where, so the league came through and made a decision to televise the event. They'll be joined in the Team LeBron starting five by Boston's Kyrie Irving, Toronto's Kawhi Leonard and Houston's James Harden. That outcome was "definitely on objective", Antetokounmpo said. Lillard was selected after the Khris Middleton, Anthony Davis, Nikola Jokic, Klay Thompson and Ben Simmons and ahead of Blake Griffin, Russell Westbrook, D'Angelo Russell, LaMarcus Aldridge, Nikola Vucevic, Karl-Anthony Towns, Kyle Lowry and Bradley Beal. The NBA signed off on the trade. James took Wade, his former Miami and Cleveland teammate and longtime close friend. That left Nowitzki for Antetokounmpo's side.

"Everyone in the world knows who I'm going with and I'm going with Dirk", James said, before pausing to laugh at his joke.

The order in which players were taken in last year's draft was not officially revealed, although much of it leaked out, and the fact that this year's would be televised caused some speculation about how embarrassing it would be for whomever was picked last.

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