Lebron, Giannis will be NBA All-Star Game captains

LeBron James is now tied with Abdul-Jabbar for most All-Star selections, and if James plays in Salt Lake City he will become the first player in NBA history to actually appear in 19 All-Star games.



January 27, 2023 - 1:56 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (6) drives to the basket against the Los Angeles Clippers' Nicolas Batum (33) in the first half at Crypto.com Arena on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, in Los Angeles. (Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

LeBron James is closing in on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s NBA career scoring record. And now, he has caught Abdul-Jabbar on another page of the All-Star record book.

James was announced Thursday as an NBA All-Star for the 19th time, the Los Angeles Lakers’ star tying Abdul-Jabbar for the most selections in league history. James — the leading overall vote-getter — will be the captain of one of the teams for the Feb. 19 All-Star Game in Salt Lake City, while Eastern Conference voting leader Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks will captain the other side.

This is the sixth year the NBA has used the captain format for the All-Star Game; James has been a captain every time and has never lost, taking a 5-0 record into this year. Antetokounmpo is a captain for the third time, after also earning that right in 2019 and 2020.

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