Wednesday, 20 February, 2019

Bucks’ Giannis selects teammate Middleton for NBA All-Star roster

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 Giannis thinking of drafting Curry with 1st All-Star pick
Cassandra Castillo | 08 February, 2019, 10:29

With the final two picks, Dirk Nowitzki and Dwyane Wade, James will get first dibs.

All-Star Game captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo exchanged tampering jabs during their All-Star Weekend team draft on Thursday night.as James drafted a starting lineup made nearly entirely of soon-to-be-free-agent players.

Once Antetokounmpo started that round with Milwaukee teammate Khris Middleton, it was a relative no-brainer for James to go with Davis.

"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.

"The best way to do this is for Giannis to trade everyone on his bench for Anthony Davis", Barkley said, drawing laughs from everyone in the room.

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Nowitzki will also participate in the 3-point contest during All-Star weekend and will coach rookie teammate Luka Doncic in the Rising Stars game.

The other all-star team captain who was participating in the draft, Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Bucks, actually was first to make humorous reference to the Lakers' fervent but fruitless pursuit of Davis. They'll be joined in the Team LeBron starting five by Boston's Kyrie Irving, Toronto's Kawhi Leonard and Houston's James Harden.

Giannis made Steph Curry his first pick, before adding Joel Embiid, Paul George, and Kemba Walker.

James managed to make a trade, convincing Antetokounmpo to swap Westbrook for Simmons - and give the Bucks' star the chance to have Westbrook and Embiid together, as he said he wanted.

With the National Basketball Association trade deadline just hours away, it remains to be seen if the Lakers will be able to lock down a trade for Davis. James took Wade, his former Miami and Cleveland teammate and longtime close friend.

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