LeBron James and Kevin Durant named NBA All-Star Game captains.
Praised by the fan vote, LeBron James (Lakers) and Kevin Durant (Brooklyn) will be the captains of the West and East teams of an All-Star Game which will finally take place on March 7 in Atlanta, despite the opposition expressed by several of the stars concerned. The 70th edition of the All-Star Game, which was initially to take place in Indianapolis, was initially canceled by the NBA due to the coronavirus pandemic. But in recent weeks, the board has finally decided to organize it, despite the protests.
“We resumed the championship after a 71-day offseason. At that point, we were told there would be no All-Star Game, but a nice little break . They organize a All-Star Game for us like that. It’s like slapping us, “recently said LeBron James. It remains to be seen whether James (17th participation) and his star partners will take this step, as is nevertheless expected, or if some will challenge the NBA by not participating, at the risk of potential financial sanction
. Alongside the “King”, the five of the Western Conference includes point guard Stephen Curry, whose last season was plagued by a broken hand and who shines again with Golden State, the two European pearls, the Serbian Nikola Jokic ( Denver) and Slovenian Luka Doncic (Dallas), as well as Kawhi Leonard (Clippers). In the East, Kevin Durant concentrated the most votes, rewarded for his return to the highest level with Brooklyn, after a year and a half of absence due to a rupture of the right Achilles tendon. He will play with the reigning double MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, Cameroonian pivot Joel Embiid (Philadelphia, leader in the East), Bradley Beal (Washington), top scorer of the season, and Kyrie Irving (Brooklyn). The all-star game will be preceded by a three-point shooting competition and the “skill challenge”. A dunk contest will take place at half time.