LeBron James may have recently returned from a groin strain that kept him out 17 consecutive games, but he is still working his way back to MVP form.
"Those top teams in the East, yeah, they're going for it", James told The Athletic.
Antetokounmpo replied that he was "playing mind games" with James, but the all-star ultimately most fazed by Simmons's selection and subsequent trade was Philadelphia's Joel Embiid, who had been picked fourth overall by Antetokounmpo and took to social media to react to the turn of events.
But on Thursday, James selected Westbrook to his team. Two years later, Wade convinced James and Bosh to come play with him. "Even though I love the process of everything that I go through to be able to compete every single night and put teams in position to compete for championships, there's nothing that I'm chasing or that I feel I need to end my career on". I think it's going to be random. The results weren't announced last season, but Ernie Johnson asked James after the first round of the draft, and he admitted that he drafted Durant first previous year as well.
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"I didn't have to lobby for it", Wade said.
Khris Middleton, Nikola Jokic, Ben Simmons, Blake Griffin, D'Angelo Russell, Nikola Vucevic and Kyle Lowry made up the reserves. TNT aired the draft Thursday evening but pre-recorded it that morning while trade news was still flying ahead of the 3 p.m. ET deadline.
Note: Westbrook traded from Team LeBron for Simmons after draft. It's not often that you see James look completely out of his element, but he seems wildly uneasy after Antetokounmpo's question.