LeBron James picks Kevin Durant first for All-Star Game

LeBron James picks Kevin Durant first for All-Star Game

The team captains will be the Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James and Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo.

With James garnering the most fan votes, the four-time MVP held the first pick for this year's crop of starters while Antetokounmpo held the first pick to select from the group of reserves.

The decision gave Giannis the opportunity to have some fun with the news surrounding the Lakers and AD by accusing LeBron of tampering by taking Davis on his squad.

And with the sixth pick of the non-starters round and the 14th pick overall, James selected Lillard for his team while tapping his wrist and repeating Lillard's now-famous "You know what time it is" tagline. When Antetokounmpo took Simmons minutes before, James used an expletive and exclaimed, "You took my guy!"

While attempting to trade most of a team can, and has, caused some issues within the Lakers' locker room leading up to the trade deadline, at least James has found some humor in their efforts to make the blockbuster trade.

Now holding the best record in all of the league, it's just the latest indication that the Bucks have set their sights on going for it all this year and getting a player of Mirotic's caliber stood as one of the biggest takeaways on the day. James took Wade, his former Miami and Cleveland teammate and longtime close friend.

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As the pair laughed over James' conundrum of playing against his protégé, the spirit of the National Basketball Association trade deadline took over, with James proposing a trade to send Russell Westbrook to Team Giannis in exchange for Simmons.

In a surprise move, the two captains then agreed to a trade, with James swapping Oklahoma City Thunder star Westbrook for Ben Simmons after the draft.

Another intriguing layer came when Klay Thompson was drafted to Team LeBron.

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

"Kevin Durant", Antetokounmpo said.

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