Lakers superstar LeBron James was in good humor while picking his All-Star Game roster against Kevin Durant and co on TNT last night.
A few years back, the format of the All-Star game changed. Instead of the Eastern All-Stars playing against the Western All-Stars, two captains would pick teams from the pool of players. Not surprisingly, James has been named an All-Star captain for the fourth consecutive time. That means LeBron has experienced drafting players for his All-Star team for the past 4 years.
On Thursday night, the two All-Star captains – LeBron James and Kevin Durant, gave us yet another entertaining draft. During the draft, King James was hilariously asked if he was going to draft these great players to compliment his All-Star team, or whether he had an ulterior motive – drafting them eventually for the Lakers. To this question the 6-foot-9 forward hilariously replied to the NBA on TNT panel:
“Listen, I’m looking at the roster man, and I don’t see many upcoming free agents. So I’ll be picking for the Team LeBron All-Stars, instead of the Lakers this year. So yeah, I’m (going to) keep it strictly for the weekend.”
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) March 5, 2021
LeBron James managed to pick Giannis, Steph, and Dame on his All-Star team
Since the past three years as LeBron James served the captain of an All-Star team, his team selection has been up to the mark. The fact that he hasn’t even lost one All-Star game over the past three years, shows how well he drafts players and compiles a complete winning team.
This year too, James showcased his fabulous General Manager skills. With his smart picks, he managed to get two back-to-back MVPs on his team in Giannis Antetokounmpo and Stephen Curry.
His other notable draft picks were Nikola Jokic, Damian Lillard and the ‘Banana Boat’ member Chris Paul. LeBron also selected first-time All-Star Jaylen Brown.
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The All-Star Game always promises to be a thriller. Considering last year’s competitiveness, this year too, we hope to see a great game of basketball between the two great teams.