Jazz stars Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell were already upset about the disrespect of the NBA officers’ teams. Wait to see the results of the 2021 NBA All-Star Draft.
All-Star Captains LeBron James and Kevin Durant selected their teams on Wednesday, and the rosters were shared on Thursday night during the NBA on TNT pregame show. Although Utah was alone on the NBA rankings with a 27-9 record, the two available jazz players didn’t come off the board until the last two picks.
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Durant chose Mitchell to fill his last reserve slot, leaving James with Gobert. Before his penultimate choice, James realized he needed some height and then took Pacer’s tall man Domantas Sabonis in place of Gobert.
“I’m not going to choose this slander of Utah jazz now,” said TNT analyst Charles Barkley. “Come on man … you have the best record in the NBA and your top two players are the last two. This is slander. This is slander, America.”
James responded to Barkley’s “libel” charge – the Hall of Famer used libel as a substitute for disrespect, not the legal definition of the word – with a statement regarding video games?
“There is no slander for Utah jazz,” said James. “You have to understand, just like in video games when we grew up, we never played with Utah. Even if Karl Malone and John Stockton were so great, we would never choose these guys in video games. Never.”
First Mitchell and Gobert drop the design, then James goes into the digital versions of Malone and Stockton? Oh boy. LeBron better bring a large security team the next time he travels to Utah.