LeBron James reveals his first four All-Star picks in order

"I think myself and Steph took it upon ourselves when we made a decision to do this format, and we had to change the landscape of how the All-Star Game was played".

Black athletes have been hearing a version of "shut up and dribble" for years, and numerous NBA's most revered figures have found a way to ignore it.

There was sufficient doubt the novelty of a new format would translate to the court after tip-off. Klay Thompson also lead Team Stephen with 15 points at half.

This year's edition of the All-Star Game was played under a new format, where the two top vote-getters from each conference was named the captains of their respective teams. Asked with what team James will sign this summer, 59 percent of respondents said the Cavaliers.

Fans hoping for a more competitive game under the new format, especially with boosted player incentives (player and charity payouts), would not be disappointed down the stretch. "It's an awesome accomplishment, an wonderful honor, but if you're thinking about it in the perspective of getting rest and really taking advantage of the full slate of All-Star break, it doesn't really start for us until right now". Team Stephen was led by Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden, Joel Embiid and Demar DeRozan. Team LeBron overcame Team Curry in one of the most closely and intensely fought All Star Games in a very long time.

In contrast, Curry struggled from the field for most of the night, hitting just 4/14 shots for 11 points and failing to get a shot off during the final possession when his team had a chance to tie the game. Let's get more of the same next year. Russ was able to make one move, they switched, and Russ kind of was left up in the air. The players, though, see things much differently. "The fact is that these players are not just basketball players, they're multi-dimensional, they care about their communities, and they care about what's happening in our country".

Last week Silver mentioned that Steph Curry was one of the players who did not want the draft to be televised, saying, "Let's see how it goes, and then we can talk about televising it.'" However, after seeing how everything played out it appears a majority of players feel the 2019 All-Star Draft should be open to the public.

Each member of the winning team will receive $100,00, while the losing squad will each get $25,000. "At that point you're just trying to make a play, and nothing really surfaced". Sadly, Team Lebron suffered big losses with John Wall, Demarcus Cousins, Kevin Love and Kristaps Porzingis going down with injuries. It's about playing good basketball every single night.

Russell Westbrook then got a layup with 10.7 seconds remaining to put them up by three.

It frustrated players as well, who universally stood behind James and Durant.


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