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LeBron James mocked the Utah Jazz during the NBA All-Star Game Draft


LeBron James and Kevin Durant - the top fan vote-getters in their respective conferences - handpicked their All-Star teams for Sunday's showdown in Atlanta. Here are the rosters:



Pick 1

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Kyrie Irving

Pick 2

Stephen Curry

Joel Embiid

Pick 3

Luka Doncic

Kawhi Leonard

Pick 4

Nikola Jokic

Bradley Beal

Pick 5

Damian Lillard

Jayson Tatum

Pick 6

Ben Simmons

James Harden

Pick 7

Chris Paul

Devin Booker

Pick 8

Jaylen Brown

Zion Williamson

Pick 9

Paul George

Zach LaVine

Pick 10

Domantas Sabonis

Julius Randle

Pick 11

Rudy Gobert

Nikola Vucevic

Pick 12

Donovan Mitchell

Do you notice something odd with the draft order? Look at the last two selections, and you'll see that neither LeBron nor Durant showed love for the Utah Jazz, despite them having the best record in the league (27-9). Charles Barkley picked up on that as well.

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I'm not going for this Utah Jazz slander right now. Come on, man. They got the best record in the NBA, and their two best players are the last two standing. This is slander. This is slander, America.

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The Lakers superstar responded to Barkley's slander, using a video game analogy to justify the Jazz star tandem falling all the way down to No. 11 and No. 12.

I just want to say something because there’s no slander to the Utah Jazz, but you guys got to understand, just like in video games growing up, we never played with Utah. Even as great as Karl Malone and John Stockton were, we never would have picked those guys. Never.

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But this time, James might get in trouble for it, since Quin Snyder will be coaching the Team LeBron on Sunday night. 48 minutes incoming.

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