LeBron James will start in the All-Star Game for the 17th consecutive time when this season’s contest is held on March 7 in Atlanta, extending his own record. The Los Angeles Lakers forward was also named a captain for the contest alongside Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets, who will be making his 11th career appearance. James and Durant will select their rosters on March 4.
“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.”
“It is truly an honour to be selected to start in the All-Star Game for the first time in my career,” Beal said in a statement. “I want to thank the fans, media and players for selecting me to represent the Wizards organization during the All-Star festivities in Atlanta. I also want to thank my teammates, coaches, for the entire organization, and our fans who are still supporting us through this unprecedented season.”