Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

LeBron James' All-Star picks had everyone on Twitter thinking the same thing

LeBron James' All-Star picks had everyone on Twitter thinking the same thing

It was a cool idea, but for some, there was one problem: We had no idea when the captains selected everyone to be on their teams.

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James and Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo selected their All-Star rosters for the All-Star Game coming up next weekend in Charlotte. Since it was that time of year, James said would give Antetokounmpo Westbrook for Ben Simmons, another All-Star reserve.

Anthony Davis, left, and LeBron James share a moment in a Pelicans-Lakers game in December.

It comes after Davis put in a trade request with the Lakers as one of his primary destinations, and talks between the Lakers and Pelicans dissolved (or maybe never existed from the Pelicans' point of view).

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Davis, Irving and James were also teammates in the 2018 All-Star Game, though in that instance the three were starters. Not only did Embiid lose the chance to play with his real-life teammate in the All-Star Game, he was stuck with Westbrook, who has made no bones of his dislike for Embiid. James was a team captain a year ago along with the Warriors' Stephen Curry and declared after that draft that it should be televised, but the fact that he had to play in a Lakers game Thursday night meant that this installment was recorded in the morning and shown on TNT in the evening.

"Isn't that tampering?" Antetokounmpo asked.

"I'm very sure of that", James said, when asked by TNT host Ernie Johnson if he was sure he wanted Davis as a teammate. James took Wade, his former Miami and Cleveland teammate and longtime close friend. Last year wasn't televised, but fortunately, this year was, after James himself said it should be. Team LeBron sent Russell Westbrook to Team Giannis for Ben Simmons. Dirk Nowitzki will play for Team Giannis in the same role.

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