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

TEAM LEBRONTEAM DURANT
Pick 1Giannis AntetokounmpoKyrie Irving
Pick 2Stephen CurryJoel Embiid
Pick 3Luka DoncicKawhi Leonard
Pick 4Nikola JokicBradley Beal
Pick 5Damian LillardJayson Tatum
Pick 6Ben SimmonsJames Harden
Pick 7Chris PaulDevin Booker
Pick 8Jaylen BrownZion Williamson
Pick 9Paul GeorgeZach LaVine
Pick 10Domantas SabonisJulius Randle
Pick 11Rudy GobertNikola Vucevic
Pick 12Donovan 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.

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.

Charles Barkley, Inside the NBA

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.

LeBron James, Inside the NBA

It sounds like slander to me — one Shaquille O’Neal would’ve been proud of, especially after seeing Rudy Gobert go second to last. Thus LeBron’s name is added to the list of NBA individuals who keep underestimating the Utah Jazz and their go-to dynamic duo.

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.