Lakers LeBron James voted 2019 NBA All-Star Game starter, captain

2019 NBA All-Star Game
Feb 18, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Team Lebron forward LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers holds the most valuable player trophy during the 2018 NBA All-Star Game at Staples Center. Team LeBron defeated Team Stephen 148-145. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James is headed to the All-Star game for the 15th time in his career. Having made the move to the Western Conference, James was once again the leading vote-getter, securing his place among the 2019 NBA All-Star Game starters.

The distinction makes him a captain for the second year in a row in the NBA’s new format which allows the leading vote-getter in each conference to pick his team from the remaining all-stars in a playground mode.

James is the first Los Angeles Laker to be an All-Star since Kobe Bryant earned the honor in his final season in 2016.

LeBron has been forced to watch the Lakers from the sidelines for the past month after suffering a strained groin injury during the team’s Christmas Day win over the Warriors. He has appeared in only 34 games to this point, averaging 27.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game.

James is expected to make a return to the court soon, meaning he will likely be available to travel to Charlotte to perform in the annual showcase.

LeBron and Giannis Antetokounmpo (the leading vote-getter in the Eastern Conference) are expected to make their picks for their respective teams on February 7th on TNT. This year, the event will be televised.

The 2019 NBA All-Star Game will occur on February 17th at 5 PM PST. James is expected to be the Lakers’ only representative in Charlotte.

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