As expected, two of the leagues most highly praised superstars led the pack of the most votes in their prospective conference. This time, there will be a special yet interested reward for this honor. LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors will be captains of this year’s NBA All Star Game that will be held in Los Angeles, California.
Instead of the traditional “East Vs. West” match-up, “the King” and “the Babyface Assassin” will be drafting players who qualified to partake in this year’s mid-season classic. The remaining starters Curry and James can choose from consist of players from coming out of the Eastern Conference — Kyrie Irving, Joel Embiid, Giannis Antetokounmpo and DeMar DeRozan. Coming out of the Western Conference, the eligible starters are James Harden, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. As fans are waiting for the announcements of the reserves being voted by the coaches and players on Tuesday, many critics and fans are already baffled about reigning league MVP Russell Westbrook getting snubbed. Even Portland TrailBlazers point guard Damian Lillard had some choice words about the announcement, after realizing Laker rookie guard Lonzo Ball has gotten more votes than Dame D.O.L.L.A., even tho he’s been putting up 25 points per game for Portland.
I’ve gotten frustrated just for the fact that it feels like I always got to be the fall guy and every other guy has been deserving. In the past, the thing has been, ‘All right, my team has been 10 games under .500 or not in the playoffs,’ but every year we’ve found a way to be in the postseason, and this year I think we’re in much better position than we have been in the past two seasons that I didn’t make it. I think I’ve gotten over the emotional part of it the last few times that I didn’t make it. Now I’m kind of like expecting it to go that way, but I feel like I should be there.
Just to give you a friendly reminder, fan ballots made up 50% of the voting, while NBA players and a media panel each were worth 25%. Every ballot listed three frontcourt and two backcourt players. The league may have to adjust to this as bucket getters like Lillard and John Wall should have an fair chance in being considered to partake in the showcase.
Overall, this should be an interesting yet fun game as we get to see some NBA 2K fantasy matchups come into fruition. Will we get to see KD and King James matching up? Will Steph call on the “Greek Freak” to run the show while he plays off the ball? Only time will tell as this is looking to add even more spice to an already exciting, drama-filled NBA season.
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