The NBA All-Star Draft occurring simply earlier than the sport offered some humorous moments, as Giannis Antetokounmpo got confused over who was a starter and who was a reserve, making an attempt to draft Ja Morant earlier than he may. Nonetheless, nothing was funnier than Nikola Jokic just drafting himself to Team LeBron at the end of the starters draft, because it appeared he was not going to permit himself to be the final decide because the defending two-time MVP.
Nonetheless, that was apparently not a purposeful flex on the a part of Jokic, however an trustworthy mistake through which he bought confused and thought he was the final decide, sheepishly strolling as much as LeBron assuming that was a formality. Nuggets coach (and Group LeBron coach) Michael Malone defined after the sport that Joker didn’t notice Markkanen, who was on the far nook of the stage, was nonetheless on the market, and he apologized to the Jazz All-Star ahead for displaying him up.
Jokic even mentioned afterwards that he didn’t take it as a slight, as he’s “not meant for this recreation.”
That is really even funnier than Jokic drafting himself as a refusal to be the final decide, because it’s a wonderfully awkward second for him to be concerned with. Past that, it’s probably that Markkanen was going to go to Group LeBron, as Draymond Inexperienced defined on the printed he anticipated James to go for the hometown pop.
“If Joker didn’t stroll as much as LeBron, Bron was undoubtedly going for the group pleaser and going to choose Lauri [Markkanen].”
— Draymond Inexperiencedpic.twitter.com/GHOEwxbZe3
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) February 20, 2023
With this ending up as the primary loss in Group LeBron historical past — after the Lakers star bought harm jamming his finger on the rim within the first half and didn’t return — one has to surprise if James ending up with a pair of facilities in his beginning lineup when he wasn’t planning on it performed a job in his roster’s failure to maintain it aggressive with Giannis. All as a result of Jokic didn’t look far sufficient to his proper in the course of the Draft.