Archive for January 19th, 2018

Curry & LeBron NBA All-Star Captains, Joel Embiid’s Words To Rihanna, NBA All-Star Starters


NBA All-Star votes are in and the Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry and the Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James were named Captains of their respective conferences.  Players, fans and the media select the All-Star starters for the game in Los Angeles on February 18th. NBA Head coaches will select the reserves on Tuesday with the full rosters set by January 25th. The All-Star game the last few years has been an offensive scoring blowout, so this year to mix things up and make it more fun for the fans, the Captains (Curry and James) will select their teams regardless of the conference they’re in. With this new system, teammates might not be playing together and traditional rivalries will be gone.

One new selection this year is Philadelphia 76er Joel Embiid. After he heard he made the cut Thursday night, he celebrated by posting 26 points and 16 rebounds in a win over the Boston Celtics. After the game, his coach Brett Brown spoke about his excitement for Embiid by saying, it’s “like somebody just gave one of your children a star and put it on his paper. His story of perseverance is remarkable, and his story as it reflects the organization and the process that we’ve all been going through is a wonderful story. I’m just very proud of him.” In Embiid’s interview after the game, he was asked about the celebrity he’s had a crush on who blew him off 5 years ago. The woman was Rihanna, and according to Embiid she said to him,  “Come back when you’re an All-Star.”  So now he’s saying, “She denied me back then; there’s no reason to go back to her. So I gotta move on to the next one. There’s a lot of pretty women out there, and I’m beautiful, so I gotta move on to the next one.”

Here is a list of the other starters by conference:

Eastern Conference: Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, Boston’s Kyrie Irving, Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid, and Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan

Western Conference: Houston’s James Harden, New Orleans Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins, and Golden State’s Kevin Durant

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