As the highest vote-getters for the All-Star Recreation of their respective conferences, Lakers star LeBron James and Nets star Kevin Durant had been named workforce captains for the Western Convention and Japanese Convention, respectively. That meant every participant was tasked with drafting a workforce, an occasion that unfolded Thursday night time on TNT.
At one level through the draft present, LeBron and Durant took a fast journey down reminiscence as a video clip from the 2010 All-Star Recreation — LeBron’s sixth look as an All-Star, however solely Durant’s first — was proven and a hilarious revelation was shared.
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Durant Was Nervous Again Then
The 36-year-old LeBron and 32-year-old Durant at the moment are grizzled veterans, a lot nearer to the tip of their Corridor-of-Fame careers than the start. However again in 2010, each had been nonetheless comparatively fresh-faced — particularly Durant, who was making his All-Star Recreation debut in his third NBA season.
The last decade-old video clip — uncommon footage that the NBA launched final week — reveals a priceless interplay between the 2 budding superstars.
“You look good!” LeBron, then a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers stated to Durant, then with the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder. “How you are feeling?”
“Good, man,” Durant replied.
LeBron then smiled: “You’re part of historical past. Your first All-Star Recreation, you get 108,000 (followers) to come back see you play.”
“Loopy, man,” Durant stated.
TNT “Contained in the NBA” host Ernie Johnson then introduced it again to present-day Durant, remarking that it should “appear to be only a blink… again in 2010 in Dallas with about 1,000,000 folks within the stands, huh?”
That’s when Durant got here clear.
“Yeah, I imply, I used to be nervous to speak to Bron in that little sequence proper there,” Durant stated with amusing. “However it was enjoyable for certain.”
KD stated he was nervous to speak to LeBron on the 2010 All-Star recreation 😂 pic.twitter.com/VzRnLlOaSH
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 5, 2021
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Workforce Durant Has Three Nets
It shouldn’t have come as shock, however by the tip of the draft, Workforce Durant had a definite Brooklyn taste to it.
That’s as a result of Durant chosen his teammates James Harden and Kyrie Irving to affix him as they appear to take down Workforce LeBron. Durant, Harden and Irving turned the primary trio of Nets to all make the All-Star workforce in the identical season. All three stars are at the moment averaging over 25 factors per recreation; in accordance with StatMuse, no workforce has had three gamers every common that many factors in a single season.
The Nets have three gamers common 25+ factors this season.
▪️ KD 29.zero PPG
▪️ Kyrie 27.four PPG
▪️ Harden 25.2 PPG
No workforce has ever achieved that earlier than in NBA historical past. pic.twitter.com/H0khTpItDz
— StatMuse (@statmuse) February 24, 2021
The remainder of Workforce Durant contains Joel Embiid, Kawhi Leonard, Jayson Tatum, Bradley Beal, Devin Booker, Julius Randle, Nikola Vucevic, Zach LaVine, Zion Williamson and Donovan Mitchell.
#TeamDurant is locked in 🔒#NBAAllStar Draft introduced by @Nike pic.twitter.com/enNd0yUP2J
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) March 5, 2021
Workforce LeBron contains Giannis Antetokounmpo, Steph Curry, Luka Doncic, Nikola Jokic, Jaylen Brown, Paul George, Rudy Gobert, Damian Lillard, Chris Paul, Domantas Sabonis and Ben Simmons.
The picks are in for #TeamLeBron 🔥#NBAAllStar Draft introduced by @Nike pic.twitter.com/a4hnVhuIRa
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) March 5, 2021
As for the captains, Sunday’s All-Star Recreation will mark Durant’s 11th look within the recreation. He’s received two All-Star Recreation MVPs (in 2012 and 2019). LeBron, in the meantime, will probably be taking part in in his 17th straight All-Star Recreation. He has three All-Star Recreation MVPs beneath his belt (in 2006, 2008 and 2018).
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