LeBron James knows he's responsible for those big National Basketball Association trades

09 February, 2019, 04:43 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Giannis thinking of drafting Curry with 1st All-Star pick

Just as it looked like we were wrapping things up, James approached Antetokounmpo on a trade between Westbook for Simmons, which the three-time All-Star took him up on, making for the first-ever trade in All-Star Draft history.

Klay Thompson, who received his fifth All-Star nod this season, was selected in the second pick of the second round, joining Warriors teammate Durant on Team James.

TNT host Ernie Johnson jabbed at James asking if he was sure he wanted Davis to be his teammate, to which he responded he was "very sure".

The significance of LeBron selecting Davis was not lost on Giannis Antetokounmpo-the captain of the other All-Star team. "So, everything else for me is just like icing on the cake".

Antetokounmpo had been adamant about trying to pick six-time All-Star Stephen Curry first, thereby returning the favor of Curry picking him first previous year.

The Greek Freak first picked Golden State Warriors superstar Steph Curry, returning the favor Curry paid to him past year when he served as captain.


That left the third round and the decision between the two special additions to the game by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver - those being Miami's Dwyane Wade and Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki.

"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. 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.

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

"F-- no", Westbrook replied, while Embiid said of his nemesis, "I don't know why he was mad".

It was the second year of the captain's-choice format.

With a smile on his face, Antetokounmpo obliged and sealed the deal to send Simmons to Team LeBron, while the 76ers point guard was at home riding the rollercoaster of events. James and Curry were the captains previous year, but the order of their picks were not revealed or aired.

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