For the second straight year, Kevin Durant was picked first overall
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) February 8, 2019
And he wasn’t surprised at all.
“What else is he supposed to do?” Durant said after Friday’s 117-107 Warriors win over the Phoenix Suns.
“I think it’s cool. It’s great that the fans get to be more involved with it, the excitement of it,” Durant said of the draft format, which was introduced in 2018 but broadcast live for the first time this year. “To have those guys picking teams, it’s kind of self-explanatory, but it’s pretty cool to see, because it hasn’t happened before.
“No matter where you get picked, it’s nothing but respect. It’s just good to be an All-Star.”
Durant took a few playful shots at Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo, the other captain in next Sunday’s showcase game in Charlotte.
“Giannis is not from here,” Durant said. “So I understand next year he’ll be better picking his team.”
Curry, who was Antetokounmpo’s first pick, said he was looking forward to going up against teammates Durant and Klay Thompson.
“It’s going to be like training camp practice type when you’re on the second team every once in a while,” Curry said. “It will be fun. I’ll probably have to guard him at some point. Hopefully I’ll know their moves and be able to figure it out.”
This All-Star game format is definitely receiving plenty of attention.
Maybe people will actually watch it.
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