LeBron James Selects Damian Lillard For His 2019 All-Star Team

Posted February 09, 2019

It's also unclear how James drafted his team as the National Basketball Association didn't yet televise the event.

LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo were named All-Star captains after securing the most fan votes in this year's balloting. James got the first pick among the pool of starters by nature of being the league's leading vote-getter, while Antetokounmpo got the first pick once it time to pick reserves.

But the real fun happened with LeBron's first pick among the reserves as he went with Anthony Davis.

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Damian Lillard found out last week that he had made his fourth All-Star team. "Tampering rules [do] not apply on All-Star Weekend", three-time National Basketball Association champion LeBron swiftly replied. James took Wade, his former Miami and Cleveland teammate and longtime close friend.

During the Lakers' shootaround on Thursday morning at the TD Garden and ahead of their game against the Celtics, James addressed the activity of the trade deadline rumor mill.

The 2019 NBA All-Star weekend is coming up and for the second year in a row, the All-Star game featured a pick-up style team selection process by captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo. James and Curry were the captains previous year, but the order of their picks were not revealed or aired.

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Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) greets Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) before an National Basketball Association game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. "I'm going with my buddy, Dwyane Wade". When Antetokounmpo took Simmons minutes before, James used an expletive and exclaimed, "You took my guy!" After the draft, James proposed a trade of Westbrook for Simmons in order to pair Westbrook with one of his many rivals, Joel Embiid.

"I'm going to enjoy it", Wade said.

Note: Westbrook traded from Team LeBron for Simmons after draft. "Isn't that tampering?" the Milwaukee Bucks star said jokingly after James had drafted Davis. Instead, the player nicknamed "The Greek Freak" wound up with a notable amount of global players on his roster, including Embiid, Nowitzki, the Nuggets' Nikola Jokic and the Magic's Nikola Vucevic.

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