The fans on Thursday named LeBron James and Kevin Durant as captains for next month’s NBA All-Star Game. The two NBA heavyweights would be squaring off against each other in the 70th NBA All-Star Game which will be played March 7 in Atlanta.
James was the top overall vote-getter from fans with 5,922,554 to lead the Western Conference while Brooklyn forward Durant led the Eastern Conference with 5,567,106.
The tourney would host a skills events as the Dunk Contest and 3-Point Shootout.
“NBA All-Star in Atlanta will continue our annual tradition of celebrating the game and the greatest players in the world before a global audience,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said.
The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association announced details for the game, saying it will generate more than $2.5m for historically black colleges and Covid-19 relief efforts.
However, the tournament has been met with criticism including from James, who voiced concerns about hosting it during a pandemic. But Commissioner Adam Silver said the game provides a platform to shine light on HBCUs and the ongoing need for resources in the fight against Covid-19.
“All-Star is the No. 1 fan engagement event of the entire season for the league,” Silver said. “It’s been a 70-year tradition and something like 100 million people will vote for All-Stars… For us, All-Stars is part of the league, no different than the games we played. It begins and ends with the fans. This is an event our fans love to see. Nothing comes without controversy during a pandemic.”
Only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (19) and Kobe Bryant (18) have more total All-Star selections than James.
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