Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving had a busy 2017 NBA All-Star weekend. Not only did he participate in the 3-Point Contest and the All-Star Game, but he also had to defend some of his crazy takes.
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The 4-time All-Star become one the main topics of conversation this weekend, not because of his game, but because he believes the Earth is flat and questions whether dinosaurs ever existed.
But there’s another mind-boggling take you may have missed. The 24-year-old guard was asked during All-Star Media Day, who would populate his all-time NBA All-Star team—and guess who didn’t make the cut?
Cavaliers superstar LeBron James, who has played in 13 straight All-Star games and has set many records during that time, was left off Kyrie’s starting lineup of NBA All-Time greats. James is the leading scorer in NBA All-Star history with 244 points and he’s won the All-Star MVP award twice. What might be even more shocking is who Irving chose over LeBron.
According to Cleveland.com, here is Irving’s starting lineup:
“I’d put MJ at the 1, Kobe at the 2, Ray Allen at the 3, gotta space it out, got to have a spot up 4, so I’m probably going to go with KG, he’s going to rim-run, do the dirty work. I’d put Shaq at the 5.”
Ray Allen in place of LeBron? Allen was one of the best shooters in NBA history and he holds the record for most 3-point shots made during the regular season with 2,973. But compared to LeBron, Allen is only a 10-time All-Star and tied for 20th with Karl Malone with 145 points on the All-Star scoring leaderboard.
It’s weird that Irving left his teammate and one of the best basketball players ever off the list, but it seems the 2014 All-Star MVP would rather have a shooter in the three spot to spread the floor.