LaMarcus Aldridge reunited with Kawhi Leonard as Lebron James makes all-star picks

LaMarcus Aldridge reunited with Kawhi Leonard as Lebron James makes all-star picks

Giannis Antetokounmpo thinks he might take Stephen Curry with his first pick in the NBA All-Star draft.

James gave the 76ers, Bucks and Raptors high marks for their aggression during the trade deadline, pointing to his move out west as one reason those teams have been so active.

Antetokounmpo was pretty happy with his slick move: "I'm playing mind games", he jokingly said. After Johnson asked if he was sure, James replied: "I'm very sure of that".

Responded James, as both players laughed: "Tampering rules do not apply on All-Star weekend", a thinly veiled reference to the reaction James got when he listed Davis as one of many players he would like the chance to play with. LeBron James is the other captain and has the first pick when they draft from the pool of starters because he received more votes.

In December, shortly after James said it would be "amazing" and "incredible" to have Davis as a teammate on the Lakers, the National Basketball Association issued a memo to all teams reminding them of its rules on tampering and the consequences for violating them.

If you're having a hard time following all the comings and goings surrounding the Milwaukee Bucks over the last 48 hours or so, I don't blame you.

Klay Thompson, Damian Lillard, Russell Westbrook, LaMarcus Aldridge, Karl-Anthony Towns and Bradley Beal completed the squad.

"Everything else for me is just icing on the cake".

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Later on in the draft, Antetokounmpo drafted James' Klutch Sports teammate Ben Simmons to his roster and even apologized to James because he knew James wanted Simmons. The NBA signed off on the trade.

The two veterans were specifically added to the pool of players available for selection by National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver.

After choosing Durant first, James then added former Cleveland teammate Kyrie Irving to his team. That left Nowitzki for Antetokounmpo's side. Last year wasn't televised, but fortunately, this year was, after James himself said it should be.

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

James and Antetokounmpo taped their selections Thursday morning, and TNT aired their picks in the evening.

James reacted to the trade activity this week in Boston, where the Lakers just escaped with a win thanks to a Rajon Rondo buzzer-beater.

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

Milwaukee's Mike Budenholzer will coach Team Giannis, his second time leading an All-Star team.

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