LeBron James and Kevin Durant to Headline All-Star Game

LeBron James. Photo by Imaginechina/REX/Shutterstock (9818466f)

It’s that time of year again, basketball fans. Time for us to jump on our couches, munch on some hot wings, and enjoy the NBA All-Star game. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and discouragement from a handful of players, it looks like the classic event is going to happen regardless.

The players selected to start at the All-Star are looking pretty darn good this season. Starting for the Western Conference will be the LA Lakers’ LeBron James, the Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic, the LA Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard, the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, and the Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic.

Starting for the Eastern Conference will be the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid, the Washington Wizards’ Bradley Beal, and the Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

Kevin Durant was the leading vote-getter for the Eastern Conference, while LeBron James received the most votes out West. As a result, the pair will each serve as captains for their respective conferences.

When the NBA announced that the All-Star game was going to take place, James initially called it “a slap in the face”, believing that it was wrong for the event to happen during the pandemic. However, it looks as though the NBA won’t buckle down, and James in turn will be the main attraction.