2018 NBA All-Star Game Screams Drama in L.A.

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The 2018 NBA All-Star Game is going to be doozy with new rules and drama boiling within the league, any person on earth would not want to miss this.

Distancing themselves from the past, this year’s All-Star Game will no longer be East v.s. West but instead using captains, Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James and Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry, to select their own teams from a pool of All-Stars.

That already brought its own intrigue to the game because you want to see who the pros want as their teammates.

James, having been named the All-Star Game’s leading vote-getter (obviously), was first to go making the No. 1 overall pick on Thursday.

The picks subsequently alternated between the two captains for the rest of the first round until the eight remaining starters were selected and apparently it was a hell of a time. James and Curry had so much fun drafting that after it was over, they suggested it be televised next year.

Overall both captains seemed to value the power of chemistry, drafting many players from the same team.

LeBron made a valiant effort to pair New Orleans Pelicans teammates Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins as well as Washington Wizards backcourt duo John Wall and Bradley Beal.  Plus, he reunited Russell WestbrookKevin Durant and Victor Oladipo which die-hard Oklahoma City Thunder fans will be excited to see again. However, to note — upon drafting Cousins, Boogie went down with a torn ACL and will be replaced with Paul George on LeBron’s team, yet another Thunder player.

But can we get a drum roll, please?

James’ most noteworthy pick was most certainly Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving. Oh, yeah — the same guy to have a grizzly split from the Cavaliers not so long ago.

OOOO-WEEE!

Kyrie and LeBron on the same team again is enough to watch even if you don’t like basketball.

Curry similarly drafted fellow teammates Klay Thompson and Draymond GreenMinnesota Timberwolves teammates Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns and Toronto Raptors teammates Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan.

For reference, here are all the starters.

2018 All-Star game:

EASTERN CONFERENCE STARTERS: 

LEBRON JAMES

KEVIN DURANT

ANTHONY DAVIS

KYRIE IRVING

DEMARCUS COUSINS (Now, PAUL GEORGE)

 

EASTERN CONFERENCE RESERVES: 

LAMARCUS ALDRIDGE

KEVIN LOVE

JOHN WALL

BRADLEY BEAL

RUSSELL WESTBROOK

VICTOR OLADIPO

KRISTAPS PORZINGIS

 

WESTERN CONFERENCE STARTERS:

STEPH CURRY

JAMES HARDEN

JOEL EMBIID

DEMAR DEROZAN

GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO

 

WESTERN CONFERENCE RESERVES:

KARL-ANTHONY TOWNS

DRAYMOND GREEN

KYLE LOWRY

DAMIAN LILLARD

AL HORFORD

KLAY THOMPSON

JIMMY BUTLER

The only question left to answer is — who is going to win? Well, that and — are we going to see any heated arguments on the court or some testosterone-driven shoving post plays? Uh, honestly with this line up, how could we not?

Here’s your guarantee: it’s going to be lit in L.A. – and we’re not sure if that’s necessarily a good thing.

As for who’s going to win, it’s a tough call. A betting man would most certainly go with the stacked team of LeBron, but Curry’s team certainly offers its own intrigue.

Tune in to the NBA-All Star Game live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles as coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET on TNT.

— Nicolette



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