Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James and Kevin Durant are this year’s captains responsible for selecting the roster for their All-Star NBA teams, which is something James is more than familiar with.
TNT’s Inside the NBA crew mentioned how the last two players picked were actually players for Utah Jazz. The aforementioned players were Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert.
Here is what Charles Barkley had to say regarding the choices:
“I’m not going for this Utah Jazz slander, right now. Come on, man. This is slander. They got the best record in the NBA [and] their two best players are the last two standing. This is slander. This is slander, America.”
While James was professional while giving his reply, he did take a shot at the Utah Jazz team nonetheless.
“I just want to say something, there’s no slander. There’s no slander to the Utah Jazz, but you guys got to understand. You guys got to understand, just like in video games growing up, we never played with Utah. Even as great as Karl Malone and John Stockton was we would never pick those guys in video games. Never.”
The Jazz headed into the All-Star break with the current best record at 27-9 in comparison to the Lakers, who are 3.5 games behind Utah. Perhaps James’ light jab at the Jazz might have gotten their attention after this.