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LeBron James makes retirement claim hours before Lakers trade deadline

09 February, 2019, 04:42 | Author: Delia Walker
  • Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry lays up a shot against the Los Angeles Lakers in the second half of an NBA basketball game on Saturday

Antetokounmpo selected Milwaukee's Khris Middleton with the first pick in the reserve round, keeping the Bucks teammates together for the All-Star Game in Charlotte.

Nowitzki and Wade were selected to the All-Star team as special additoins by National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver.

LeBron James may have recently returned from a groin strain that kept him out 17 consecutive games, but he is still working his way back to MVP form.

"Those top teams in the East, yeah, they're going for it", James told The Athletic's Joe Vardon on Thursday.

The three-time National Basketball Association champion selected the 25-year-old on his All-Star team on Thursday night, just hours after the National Basketball Association trade deadline had passed.

A quietly great part of the clip is Antetokounmpo murmuring "oh wow" to himself after James makes the pick. James pulled a fast one on fans, pretending to select Nowitzki before eventually going with his longtime friend. "I love the process of everything I go through to be able to compete every single night and put teams in position to compete for championships".




"Everything else for me is just icing on the cake". Team Giannis, in addition to Antetokounmpo, will start Stephen Curry, Joel Embiid, Paul George and hometown favorite Kemba Walker. James was the No. 1 overall selection by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2003 National Basketball Association draft and Miami took Wade with the No. 5 pick in the same draft. LeBron James is the other captain and has the first pick when they draft from the pool of starters because he received more votes.

"I'm going to enjoy it", Wade said.

"I didn't have to lobby for it", Wade said.

TNT's Charles Barkley used the Westbrook-Simmons swap to joke that Antetokounmpo should trade "everybody on his bench for Anthony Davis".

Bron went on to draft Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, James Harden, and Anthony Davis with his first five picks! James and Curry were the captains a year ago, but the order of their picks were not revealed or aired.

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