LeBron James drafts Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis to his All-Star roster

first_img How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersDavis, of course, has been the subject of trade rumors involving the Lakers for the last week-and-a-half since he requested a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans, and James has made it clear that he’d love to play with him. On the same day the NBA’s trade deadline passed and the Pelicans announced Davis would play out the regular season in New Orleans, James got his man for All-Star weekend, with no shortage of eyebrow raises. Thompson is a free agent this summer who can expect to be courted by the Lakers.“I’m very sure of that,” James said, when asked by TNT host Ernie Johnson if he was sure he wanted Davis as a teammate.“Tampering rules do not apply on All-Star weekend,” James added with a laugh after Antetokounmpo’s joke.The televised segment on TNT wrapped with a surprise trade: James traded Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook for Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons, notably a client of Klutch Sports agent Rich Paul, who is James’ agent as well.The Team LeBron roster also included Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Karl Anthony-Towns and Bradley Beal. The captains also got to choose from special additions to the roster: Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki, who are expected to retire after the season. James chose Wade, one of his best friends.Wade publicly said last week that he expected James to take him.“I didn’t have to lobby for it,” Wade said.It was the first time the draft aired on television, only a year removed from the league adopting the player draft process. James picked a team last year as well against Golden State’s Curry.Milwaukee’s Mike Budenholzer will coach Team Giannis, his second time leading an All-Star team. Denver coach Michael Malone will make his All-Star debut, coaching Team LeBron. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Charles Barkley to LeBron: “Giannis should trade everyone on his entire bench for Anthony Davis” LeBron: nervous drink pic.twitter.com/KAQniMz6yg— The Render (@TheRenderNBA) February 8, 2019 Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions BOSTON — In just a few minutes, LeBron James picked his future teammates: Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson and Anthony Davis.At one point, Giannis Antetokounmpo interjected into the proceedings: “Isn’t that tampering?”But James, the leading vote-getter for this month’s NBA All-Star Game, was merely selecting his squad for the annual exhibition, which takes place in Charlotte, N.C., on Feb. 17. Team LeBron, stacked with players who are expected to be free agents this summer – or in the case of Davis, rumored trade targets for the Lakers – had no shortage of intrigue.Among All-Star starters, James picked Durant first, as he did last year, Irving second, Leonard third and James Harden fourth. He picked Davis first among reserves, followed by Thompson. James picked the team before Thursday’s shootaround in Boston. While he didn’t tip his picks before the broadcast, he offered confidence in his selections.“I think I selected my team to the best of my ability, to the best of my knowledge of the players I got,” he said. “So, it should be a fun weekend.”Antetokounmpo chose North Carolina native Steph Curry, Joel Embiid, Paul George and Kemba Walker as his starters. His reserves, in addition to Westbrook, will be Khris Middleton (his Bucks teammate), Nikola Jokic, Blake Griffin, D’Angelo Russell, Nikola Vucevic and Kyle Lowry.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Dungy speech not statement on gay rights

first_imgThe institute, which is affiliated with Focus on the Family, plans to honor Dungy on March20 with its “Friend of the Family” award. Kathy Sarris, president of the Indiana Equality Education Fund, a gay rights advocacy group, told The Indianapolis Star: “I am a little disappointed in that I would think he would want to stay out of the political arena, and the Family Institute is a political organization.” Raiders add fullback: The Oakland Raiders added another running back to their roster, agreeing to a $3.8 million, three-year contract with free agent fullback Justin Griffith. The deal with Griffith comes a day after Oakland signed running back Dominic Rhodes to a $7.5 million, two-year deal to team with LaMont Jordan as the team’s featured runners. Griffith had spent his four-year career as a blocking back in Atlanta, where he helped the Falcons lead the NFL in rushing the past threeseasons. Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Knapp and offensive line coach Tom Cable worked with Griffith in Atlanta. Signings: Free-agent linebacker Donnie Edwards is returning to Kansas City, where he spent the first six years of his career. Edwards, 33, agreed to a three-year deal after San Diego didn’t try to re-sign him. … Free agent running back T.J. Duckett, a former Michigan State star, has agreed to a one-year contract with the Detroit Lions. The 6-foot, 254-pound Duckett played last season with Washington. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy’s acceptance of an invitation to speak to a conservative Christian group should not be construed as an endorsement of the group’s opposition to same-sex marriage, the head of the Indiana Family Institute said Saturday. Some local and national gay rights groups have questioned Dungy’s decision to appear at a fundraising banquet this month for the institute, which has been a leading supporter of a proposed state constitutional amendment defining marriage as only between one man and one woman. center_img Institute president Curt Smith said the invitation was based on Dungy’s pro-family activities. “We’re very pleased coach Dungy is coming, and I don’t pretend to know his views on some of the public policy issues we work on,” Smith said. last_img read more