LeBron James picks Kevin Durant first for NBA All-Star game

first_img‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes After choosing Durant first, James then added former Cleveland team-mate Kyrie Irving to his team.In-form Toronto star Kawhi Leonard was picked third by James before he selected reigning MVP James Harden with his fourth pick.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesNew Orleans Pelicans ace Anthony Davis — linked to a move to the Los Angeles Lakers before the trade deadline closed Thursday — headed James’ reserves.Klay Thompson, Damian Lillard, Russell Westbrook, LaMarcus Aldridge, Karl-Anthony Towns and Bradley Beal completed the squad. FILE – LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers goes up to shoot and get fouled by Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors during the first half of their NBA Basketball game at ORACLE Arena on December 25, 2018 in Oakland, California. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFPLeBron James opted for Golden State star Kevin Durant with the first pick of the All-Star draft on Thursday.James, who will lead a team against fellow All-Star captain Giannis Antetokounmpo’s line-up in Charlotte on February 17, assembled a formidable looking starting line-up.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Lakers edge Celtics on Rajon Rondo’s jumper at the buzzer LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Note: Westbrook traded from Team LeBron for Simmons after draft.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte James then added close friend Dwyane Wade with the NBA’s “special selection” in the draft, which was televised this year for the first time.Rival captain Antetokounmpo meanwhile selected Durant’s Golden State team-mate Stephen Curry with the second overall pick.The Milwaukee Bucks star then selected Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid before adding Paul George and Kemba Walker.Khris Middleton, Nikola Jokic, Ben Simmons, Blake Griffin, D’Angelo Russell, Nikola Vucevic and Kyle Lowry made up the reserves.Antetokounmpo added Dirk Nowitzki as his special selection.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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.James proposed the move in order to get Westbrook and Embiid on the same side.“I know Ben Simmons is your guy so I’ll do it,” Antetokounmpo said.All Star Squads:Team Lebron:Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, James Harden; Reserves: Anthony Davis, Klay Thompson, Damian Lillard, Ben Simmons, LaMarcus Aldridge, Karl-Anthony Towns, Bradley BealSpecial pick: Dwyane WadeTeam Giannis:Stephen Curry, Joel Embiid, Paul George, Kemba Walker; Reserves: Khris Middleton, Nikola Jokic, Russell Westbrook, Blake Griffin, D’Angelo Russell, Nikola Vucevic, Kyle LowrySpecial pick: Dirk Nowitzkilast_img

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