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Lakers’ LeBron James, Anthony Davis are All-Star Game starters

August 17, 2020

first_img“I’ve probably played with him enough this year, so he probably won’t,” Davis said. “But we’ve been winning so he probably will. That’s a good question for him when you ask him over there.”The All-Star Game will be played Feb. 16 at the United Center in Chicago, which is Davis’ hometown.Related Articles How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe league announced Thursday night that James and Davis would be two of the starting forwards among the Western Conference pool after both men finished in the top four (regardless of conference) in fan voting. As the top-scoring duo for the first-place Lakers (35-9), James and Davis have so far taken the NBA by storm, averaging a combined 51.7 points, 16.7 rebounds and 14 assists.The other Western starters, as selected by a combination of fan, media and player voting were Houston’s James Harden, Dallas’ Luka Doncic and the Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard. The Eastern starters are Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid, Boston’s Kemba Walker, Toronto’s Pascal Siakam and Atlanta’s Trae Young.James extended his own league record with his 16th consecutive All-Star Game appearance. Davis is an All-Star for the seventh straight year.By virtue of leading the fan vote (6,275,459), James will be a team captain for the third straight year. All-Star reserves chosen by the coaches from each conference will be announced next Thursday (Jan. 30), and the All-Star draft is set for Feb. 6, when James and Antetokounmpo (the other captain) will draft the starters and then the reserves. James did pick Davis last year, as rumors swirled that the Lakers wished to trade for Davis.That didn’t stop either one from having fun with the draft concept this time around. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions “It’s gonna mean a lot,” he said. “I mean I only go there once a season, so to go back there for a second time for All-Star and visit with my friends and family, it’ll be great.”Other fan voting favorites on the Lakers, Alex Caruso (fourth among Western guards) and Dwight Howard (10th among Western forwards), did not make the starting cut. Reserves are selected by the NBA’s coaches.FRANK VOGEL, LAKERS COACHES ARE ALL-STARS TOOSpeaking of All-Star berths, the Lakers coaching staff will be spending their break in Chicago as well, after the Lakers’ 36-9 record clinched them as the top Western Conference team through Feb. 2. It means the coaches will have the somewhat dubious honor of not being able to enjoy much time off, traveling to coach the All-Star Game instead.Frank Vogel, who previously coached the game in 2014 during his Indiana tenure, didn’t show a great deal of enthusiasm for the task, joking that his last coaching job in the game was the worst defensive performance of his career.“Hopefully, this won’t be worse than that,” he said. “But I’m sure it will.”But Vogel did take the moment to praise his staff, which includes Jason Kidd, Phil Handy, Lionel Hollins, Mike Penberthy, Miles Simon and Quinton Crawford. He cited a coaching retreat the group did preseason – golfing, group dinners and bantering – as helping set them up for the 2019-20 season.“It just set a good tone that we were gonna have a lot of fun this year, that we were gonna work our tails off, that there was gonna be debates about the way to do things and that I would listen and make the final decisions,” he said. “There’s just been a great deal of respect amongst each other that I think has really contributed to our team’s chemistry.”center_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error NEW YORK — LeBron James has a tough decision to make.On Feb. 6, when he picks teammates for the 2020 All-Star Game, will he take fellow Laker Anthony Davis No. 1 overall? He was asked if it was a “no-brainer.”“It is a brainer,” James joked. “I don’t have to pick him. I don’t even like him.”From the moment a summer trade united them on the same roster, NBA observers anticipated that James and Davis would be a duo to be respected and feared – now they’ll be starting together in the All-Star Game. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs last_img

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