LeBron, Giannis chosen as captains for NBA All-Star Game.


James  was  announced Thursday as an NBA All-Star for the  19th time, the Los Angeles Lakers’  star tying Abdul-Jabbar for the  most  selections in league history. James — the  leading  overall vote-getter —  will be the captain of  one of the  teams for the Feb. 19 All-Star Game in Salt Lake City,  while Eastern Conference  voting  leader Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks will captain  the other side.


This is the  sixth  year the NBA has used the captain  format for the All-Star Game; James has been a captain  every time and has  never lost, taking a 5- 0  record into this  year. Antetokounmpo is a captain for the  third time, after  also  earning that  right in 2019 and 2020.

James and Antetokounmpo will  pick their  teams  shortly  before  the game in Salt Lake City, a newly  announced twist and a departure from  past years  in which the captains picked  a week or  two  in advance of All-Star weekend.

The  other  eight starters they’ll be  choosing from, barring any  changes  because of  injury beforehand, are: Denver’s  two-time reigning NBA MVP Nikola Jokic, NBA scoring  leader Luka Doncic of Dallas, Golden State’s Stephen Curry, Boston’s Jayson Tatum, Brooklyn teammates Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, Cleveland’s Donovan Mitchell and New Orleans’ Zion Williamson.



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