LeBron James picks Anthony Davis: LA Lakers failed to secure a trade move for Anthony Davis, but LeBron ensures he plays alongside the star.
The Lakers were actively involved in a trade move for Anthony Davis over the last week two weeks.
There had been a series of speculations over the Pelicans’ star trade move. While Lakers failed to secure the trade, LeBron James has now made sure that he plays one game this season with Davis.
He picked Anthony Davis for his All-Star team as the game takes place on Thursday.
However, his selection was followed by hilarious comments from the captain of the other All-Star side Giannis Antetokounmpo, as well as Charles Barkley.
LeBron James picks Anthony Davis; gets roasted by Giannis and Charles Barkley
Giannis Antetokounmpo, the captain of the other All-Star team, was quick to react to LeBron’s decision to pick Anthony Davis.
“Isn’t that tampering?” the Milwaukee Bucks star jokingly said after James had drafted Davis.
LeBron, however, had an answer ready for Giannis. “Tampering rules [do] not apply on All-Star Weekend,” the three-time NBA champion said.
“Isn’t that tampering?” 😂
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 8, 2019
Charles Barkley didn’t shy to take a dig over the significance of James picking Davis as well. He stated that if Giannis wants Anthony Davis, he should follow the example of LA Lakers.
“The best way to do it is for Giannis to trade everybody on his bench for Anthony Davis,” Barkley said during the draft. Both the captains burst into laughter following Barkley’s comments.
Charles Barkley to LeBron: “Giannis should trade everyone on his entire bench for Anthony Davis” LeBron: nervous drink pic.twitter.com/KAQniMz6yg
— The Render (@TheRenderNBA) February 8, 2019
The Lakers were willing to trade almost half their roster for Anthony Davis before the recently-concluded trade deadline, which included players like Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball.
Here are the full teams for the All-Stars game between Team LeBron and Team Giannis.
2019 NBA All-Star starters:
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) February 8, 2019
Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, James Harden, LeBron James
Anthony Davis, Klay Thompson, Damian Lillard, Ben Simmons, LaMarcus Aldridge, Karl-Anthony Towns, Bradley Beal
LeBron also pulled off the first ever All-Star Draft trade after Giannis burned him by taking LeBron’s client Ben Simmons. Giannis agreed to give him Ben for Westbrook. Just a guess: LeBron is no big fan of Westbrook.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) February 8, 2019
Giannis is hilarious. He joked that he’d only do the Russell Westbrook for Ben Simmons trade if LeBron threw in Dwyane Wade. 😂 THIS is why the NBA All-Star Draft always needed to be televised.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) February 8, 2019
LeBron proposed a Westbrook trade for Simmons and Chuck said “how about Giannis’ whole bench for Anthony Davis.” 😭😂
— Ashley Nevel (@AshleyNevel) February 8, 2019
Stephen Curry, Joel Embiid, Paul George, Kemba Walker, Giannis Antetokounmpo
Khris Middleton, Nikola Jokic, Russell Westbrook, Blake Griffin, D’Angelo Russell, Nikola Vucevic, Kyle Lowry