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"It's all about love", he told the media then.

The decision gave Giannis the opportunity to have some fun with the news surrounding the Lakers and AD by accusing LeBron of tampering by taking Davis on his squad.

Nowitzki will also participate in the 3-point contest during All-Star weekend and will coach rookie teammate Luka Doncic in the Rising Stars game. They'll be joined in the Team LeBron starting five by Boston's Kyrie Irving, Toronto's Kawhi Leonard and Houston's James Harden.

Antetokounmpo is the captain of one team for the game as the top vote-getter among Eastern Conference players in fan balloting. When Antetokounmpo took Simmons minutes before, James used an expletive and exclaimed, "You took my guy!"

Giannis's team features other starters Paul George, Joel Embiid, Kemba Walker and Stephen Curry; the reserves are Khris Middleton, Nikola Jokic, Russell Westbrook, Blake Griffin, D'Angelo Russell, Nikola Vucevic, Kyle Lowry and Dirk Nowitzky. Thompson reportedly may have interest in signing with the Lakers this summer should matters with the Golden State Warriors go a bit wayward. I think it's going to be random. James took Wade, his former Miami and Cleveland teammate and longtime close friend.

Antetokounmpo added Dirk Nowitzki as his special selection.

"I'm going to enjoy it", Wade said.

In December, shortly after James said it would be "amazing" and "incredible" to have Davis as a teammate on the Lakers, the National Basketball Association issued a memo to all teams reminding them of its rules on tampering and the consequences for violating them.

Barkley's suggestion prompted laughter from the two captains, who were tasked with picking four starters in the first round and seven reserves in the second round each. James and Curry were the captains a year ago, but the order of their picks were not revealed or aired. The deal put Russell Westbrook on Team Giannis. The league fined Davis $50,000 last month following a revelation made by his agent that Davis wanted to be traded away from the Pelicans to "a team that allows him the chance to win consistently and compete for a championship".