There always seems to be a little more to these NBA All-Star Drafts than merely determining teams for this single meaningless game. Prior to this year’s draft, the big question was whether or not LeBron James would use this platform to entice some of the league’s pending free agents to join him on the Lakers during the 2019 offseason.
The answer to that big question? Yes, he would.
To no one’s surprise, LeBron used his first three picks of the draft to select upcoming free agents Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Kawhi Leonard. Then, with his first pick from the pool of All-Star reserves, LeBron shocked absolutely nobody by selecting New Orleans Pelicans center Anthony Davis.
In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks, there has been plenty of speculation surrounding the possibility of Davis joining LeBron in Los Angeles. The Lakers tried their best to make it happen, but they were denied by the Pelicans in what appeared to be a retaliatory move for the Lakers’ continued tampering with Davis.
Speaking of tampering, when AD was selected by Lebron, fellow All-Star captain Giannis Antetokounmpo couldn’t help but joke about the possibility of James’ selection being viewed as tampering.
Needless to say, both superstars and NBA on TNT host Ernie Johnson had a good laugh:
It’s a good thing tampering doesn’t apply to the all-star game, because it’s probably the best way to describe 50 percent of LeBron’s selections.
Notice anything interesting about LeBron’s first three picks from the “starters”? Or how about his first two picks from the “reserves”?
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