LeBron James has been a captain in the All-Star game four years in a row and is now 4-0 against opposing teams captained by Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Stephen Curry. Listening to The Bill Simmons Podcast, a debate popped up, wondering if LeBron is this good at choosing teammates, is he the perfect future general manager?
But anyway, let’s get back to reality. Before Sunday’s match, there was a whole lotta controversy from the players being very vocal about scrapping the game due to being submerged in a pandemic. Although the league was able to avoid the nightmare scenario of an outbreak, it still lost the standing MVP candidate Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons at the last minute due to their barber testing positive.
Switching gears to the game, no one had more fun than Stephen Curry at the 2021 NBA All-Star match. Curry missed last year’s game due to a broken hand but made up for it this year with a full display of his pure basketball talents while having a showdown of who can sink the longest 3-pointer with his own teammate Damian Lillard. Both Lillard and Curry casually traded 43-footers and stole the show giving Team LeBron a convincing 170-150 win. Giannis won MVP, who outscored everyone while being a perfect 16-of-16 from the field.
The previous All-Star game went down to the wire, and had a feeling like both teams truly wanted to compete and get the ‘W.’ Unfortunately, this year fell back to dreadful defense, and the intensity just wasn’t there. The reason? Durant’s team had missing players, and Durant’s group never really turned up to play, even the captain himself. Giannis already knew the end result before the game.
Catch you Thursday.