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Thursday, 7 February 2019

Simmons involved in historic All-Star move


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LeBron James has dropped an expletive on US TV after missing out on adding Ben Simmons to his All-Star team but the NBA great managed to pull off a late trade to grab the young Australian.

"You took my choice!" James laughed during a televised All-Star selection show after opposing team captain Giannis Antetokounmpo selected Simmons with his seventh pick.

James and Antetokounmpo, the top vote getters for the February 17 game in Charlotte, North Carolina, took turns on Thursday selecting their teams from the pool of remaining 22 All-Stars.

Antetokounmpo selected Curry, Joel Embiid, Paul George and Kemba Walker to start alongside him.

https://twitter.com/NBAonTNT/status/1093666489549303808?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

James chose Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard and James Harden.

James and Simmons are represented by the same management company and James has been a mentor to the Australian.

James, however, had a chance to grab Simmons early but went with Anthony Davis and Klay Thompson with his first two non-starting picks.

That's when Antetokounmpo jumped in.

"With my third pick I'm going to go with LeBron's guy Ben Simmons," Antetokounmpo said.

"You took my guy," James, who had his expletive bleeped out of the broadcast laughed.

https://twitter.com/BenSimmons25/status/1093665987642212352?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

The four-time NBA MVP then convinced Antetokounmpo to a trade to get Simmons.

Antetokounmpo received Russell Westbrook from James in exchange for Simmons.

The Australian NBA star, in his first All-Star appearance, took to his personal Twitter account to have some fun with the trade, including shouting out ESPN newsbreaker Adrian Wojnarowski for not breaking the All-Star trade.

https://twitter.com/BenSimmons25/status/1093667324496920577?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfwhttps://twitter.com/BenSimmons25/status/1093668135411113984?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfwhttps://twitter.com/KingJames/status/1093671664620105728?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Team Antetokounmpo's other non-starters are: Khris Middleton, Blake Griffin, D'Angelo Russell, Nikola Vucevic, Kyle Lowry and Dirk Nowitzki.

James' bench is: Simmons, Davis, Thompson, Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Karl-Anthony Towns, Bradley Beal and Dwyane Wade.

LeBron James has dropped an expletive on US TV after missing out on adding Ben Simmons to his All-Star team but the NBA great managed to pull off a late trade to grab the young Australian.

"You took my choice!" James laughed during a televised All-Star selection show after opposing team captain Giannis Antetokounmpo selected Simmons with his seventh pick.

James and Antetokounmpo, the top vote getters for the February 17 game in Charlotte, North Carolina, took turns on Thursday selecting their teams from the pool of remaining 22 All-Stars.

Antetokounmpo selected Curry, Joel Embiid, Paul George and Kemba Walker to start alongside him.

https://twitter.com/NBAonTNT/status/1093666489549303808?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

James chose Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard and James Harden.

James and Simmons are represented by the same management company and James has been a mentor to the Australian.

James, however, had a chance to grab Simmons early but went with Anthony Davis and Klay Thompson with his first two non-starting picks.

That's when Antetokounmpo jumped in.

"With my third pick I'm going to go with LeBron's guy Ben Simmons," Antetokounmpo said.

"You took my guy," James, who had his expletive bleeped out of the broadcast laughed.

https://twitter.com/BenSimmons25/status/1093665987642212352?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

The four-time NBA MVP then convinced Antetokounmpo to a trade to get Simmons.

Antetokounmpo received Russell Westbrook from James in exchange for Simmons.

The Australian NBA star, in his first All-Star appearance, took to his personal Twitter account to have some fun with the trade, including shouting out ESPN newsbreaker Adrian Wojnarowski for not breaking the All-Star trade.

https://twitter.com/BenSimmons25/status/1093667324496920577?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfwhttps://twitter.com/BenSimmons25/status/1093668135411113984?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfwhttps://twitter.com/KingJames/status/1093671664620105728?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Team Antetokounmpo's other non-starters are: Khris Middleton, Blake Griffin, D'Angelo Russell, Nikola Vucevic, Kyle Lowry and Dirk Nowitzki.

James' bench is: Simmons, Davis, Thompson, Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Karl-Anthony Towns, Bradley Beal and Dwyane Wade.

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