LeBron James joked with Russell Westbrook over All-Star draft confusion
Russell Westbrook was somewhat up in arms over the false impression he was the last draft pick by captain LeBron James for the 2018 NBA All-Star Game. And James afterward reached out to Westbrook to have some fun over the perceived snub.
The confusion stemmed in part from the draft picks being listed in alphabetical order in a photo tweeted out by James.
— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) January 26, 2018
The Oklahoma City Thunder superstar, seemingly due to the perceived affront, put up 46 points in a 121-112 victory over the Washington Wizards on Thursday night. Much fun occurred in the Thunder locker room after the game when Westbrook figured out he wasn’t the last selection.
Westbrook gets asked about being picked by LeBron. Melo yells to “Tell him how you really feel!” Russ says he saw he was last on the list and when we told him it was alphabetical, he yells at Melo “See! I told you!!” pic.twitter.com/sLcUXYmZzd
— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) January 26, 2018
James indicated at Cavs shootaround Friday that he had not heard from any of his draftees after the roster was announced. He did, however, reach out to Westbrook due to the comical confusion.
“I heard from Russ,” James said, via ESPN. “I reached out to him afterwards. like, ‘What’s wrong with you, man?’ We’ve got a good relationship, so it’s pretty cool.”
James could not help but be amused by Westbrook believing he was the last picked.
“I don’t know,” James said. “The only thing I know for sure is that Russ went last. … He’s crazy.”
A report from The Athletic indicates James spent his first pick on Kevin Durant. James still would not divulge in what order he made his selections. He did say he may spill the beans at a later date.
“I drafted according to best players available, filling out my roster,” James said. “I picked, Steph picked and my next available guy was there. He took the next one, so I had to go down to who I wanted next. At some point I’ll tell you all the draft, but it won’t be here.”
All that aside, James also revealed that at least for next year, he will not be tasked with the duties of an All-Star captain.