Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James has acknowledged that he carefully selects his NBA All Star team and that's one of the reasons why he has won the first three times he has been a captain. The past two All Star games, James couldn't selected Giannis Antetokounmpo because the Milwaukee Bucks star was the captain on the opposite team.
As Kevin Durant is now the captain on the opposite team, James didn't want to miss out on the chance to select Antetokounmpo on his team. "I just try to pick players that can complement one another," James said, per ESPN.
"We're out on the floor, just try to play the game the right way. It's an All-Star Game, so it's going to be some shenanigans out there, but for the majority of the game, we just play the right way and try to get a win."
The last two players selected for the All Star Game were Utah Jazz stars Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert. "I just want to say something, because there's no slander to the Utah Jazz," James said with a smile.
"But you guys got to understand, just like in video games growing up, we never played with Utah. Even as great as Karl Malone and John Stockton were, we never would have picked those guys. Never."
Antetokounmpo looking forward to playing with James
Reigning NBA MVP Antetokounmpo has nothing but respect for James and he is looking forward to playing alongside the Lakers star.
"He just makes plays. Most of the time you're just wide open and I've never been used to that with somebody else creating the attention and me being wide open all the time," Antetokounmpo said. "So, I've just got to do my job, make the right play too and do what I always do: just play hard and hope I can help him get a win."
It was also announced that Team LeBron would be playing for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and Team Durant playing for the United Negro College Fund. "For us to be able to shed light on that program, shed light on those kids, it means a lot to me and my foundation and the things we do in my hometown," James said in explaining his choice.
"It's just an honor to get to represent so many people and use this platform to help advance education [for] our youth, just the world in general," Durant said. "So we're looking forward to it."