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No hard feelings? LeBron James explains why he took Kyrie Irving in NBA All-Star draft

John Tomase
January 26, 2018 - 10:24 am

The LeBron James-Kyrie Irving relationship has been dissected quite a bit since the August trade that sent the All-Star point guard to the Celtics.

But when it came time to select NBA All-Star rosters, James didn't hesitate to select Irving to his team. In the process, he reunited Cleveland's former championship Big Three by also selecting Cavs forward Kevin Love.

"I just tried to pick the best available players, and to be able to team up back with Kyrie, it's always special, along with Kevin Love," James told TNT. "For us to have another weekend to bring back some of the memories that we had when we were all together. Kyrie was available on the draft board. He's one of the best point guards that we have in our league, so it was an easy choice for me."

James and Golden State's Steph Curry were named All-Star captains and selected their rosters, playground style. James will be joined in the starting lineup by the Pelicans frontcourt of DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis, Warriors forward Kevin Durant, and Irving. Curry's starting five will include Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo, Toronto's DeMar DeRozan, Philly's Joel Embiid, and Houston's James Harden. Celtics big man Al Horford will be one of Curry's reserves.

"I've got a lot of chemistry with my 4 and 5, with AD and Boogie," James said. "Me and Kyrie got some history and some chemistry as well. And I think Kevin Durant can fit in any system in the world, his ability to do what he do. It's going to be good. Listen, I've got a seven-foot guy playing the 2-guard in Kevin Durant. So we've got a chance. We've got a real good chance."