Giannis Antetokounmpo’s first reaction after receiving the captain’s “armband” for the NBA All Star Game
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Giannis Antetokounmpo reacted to his announcement for the first time since being announced as one of the captains in this year’s All Star Game with a photo of him giving a military salute and smiling. LeBron James will be the opposing captain.
El Capitan! 😂 pic.twitter.com/CUN6J2gcMm
— Giannis Antetokounmpo (@Giannis_An34) January 27, 2023
Ladies and Gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/NDxhPE4iA4
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) January 27, 2023
As it became known in the last few days, the NBA is implementing a new innovation as both Giannis and Lebron will choose their teammates just a short time before the jamball! Opera and it means that no one will know in which team he will play!
For now the two players only know the starting five:
Eastern Conference starters
- Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks)
- Kevin Durant (Brooklyn Nets)
- Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics)
- Donovan Mitchell (Cleveland Cavaliers)
- Kyrie Irving (Brooklyn Nets)
Western Conference starters
- LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers)
- Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets)
- Zion Williamson (New Orleans Pelicans)
- Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors)
- Luka Doncic (Dallas Mavericks)
The 2023 #NBAAllStar Team Captains!#TeamLeBron#TeamGiannis
TNT will air the 2023 NBA All-Star Draft as a new, live pregame segment at the 2023 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 7:30 pm ET from Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City. pic.twitter.com/uVrcB2h1Am
— NBA (@NBA) January 27, 2023
“I’m definitely blessed and humbled to be a part of this,” Mitchell said during the televised starters’ announcement on TNT. “To be a part of my fourth All-Star and now to be a starter, I couldn’t be happier.”
The big intrigue was the third East frontcourt spot, where Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid — No. 2 in the NBA’s scoring race entering Thursday at 33.4 points per game — was the odd man out after Antetokounmpo, Durant and Tatum were the top three in the balloting.
Starters — three frontcourt players and two guards from each conference — were selected by a combination of three different votes: fan balloting counted for 50%, media balloting was worth 25% and voting by the NBA’s players made up the final 25%.
The reserves, which are chosen by votes from the league’s coaches, will be announced Feb. 2. Among the players certain to merit strong consideration: Portland’s Damian Lillard, Oklahoma City’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Boston’s Jaylen Brown and Miami’s Bam Adebayo.
James is 157 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s career scoring total of 38,387 points. At his current average of 29.9 points per game, James will need just over five games to break the record – and, if he doesn’t miss any games in the interim, would be on pace to pass Abdul-Jabbar in a Feb. 7 home game against Oklahoma City.
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