Serving as a captain alongside Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James for this year's NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte, Antetokounmpo filled out his 13-man roster for all to see with this year's draft being televised during TNT's pregame show staple, Inside The NBA. LeBron James is the other captain and has the first pick when they draft from the pool of starters because he received more votes.
"Pop is going to tell me I can only play him two minutes", James said, likely only half-seriously. When Antetokounmpo took Simmons minutes before, James used an expletive and exclaimed, "You took my guy!"
New Orleans Pelicans ace Anthony Davis - linked to a move to the Los Angeles Lakers before the trade deadline closed Thursday - headed James' reserves. While James added some suspense at first, he ended up taking his long-time peer and former teammate in Wade, leaving Giannis with Nowitzki. That outcome was "definitely on objective", Antetokounmpo said.
It was a cool idea, but for some, there was one problem: We had no idea when the captains selected everyone to be on their teams.
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As for the special roster additions in this season's exhibition game, James predictably drafted close friend Dwyane Wade over Dirk Nowitzki.
Antetokounmpo replied that he was "playing mind games" with James, but the all-star ultimately most fazed by Simmons's selection and subsequent trade was Philadelphia's Joel Embiid, who had been picked fourth overall by Antetokounmpo and took to social media to react to the turn of events.
Now holding the best record in all of the league, it's just the latest indication that the Bucks have set their sights on going for it all this year and getting a player of Mirotic's caliber stood as one of the biggest takeaways on the day.
"F-- no", Westbrook replied, while Embiid said of his nemesis, "I don't know why he was mad". James and Curry were the captains a year ago, but the order of their picks were not revealed or aired. Denver coach Michael Malone will make his All-Star debut, coaching Team LeBron.