"I respect the younger guys and. they're the next crew", James said after his 29-point, 10-rebound, 8-assist performance in Team LeBron's 148-145 victory over Team Stephen [Curry]. James has a second home in Los Angeles to go along with a budding Hollywood production company, and has spoken highly of Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball (even if James isn't a big fan of Lonzo's father).
"Best because I've been through so much, coming from the Cameroon, playing JV [at Montverde Academy in Florida] my junior year [of high school], and then transferring to another school [The Rock School in Florida] and then going to Kansas", the 76ers center said Sunday after the NBA All-Star Game at the Staples Center.
Team LeBron, however would storm back and cut the lead to two, 78-76 at half.
"Championships is what I play for", James said Sunday.
With 15 seasons, 14 All-Star games, four MVPs, three championships and 30,000-plus points to his credit, LeBron James has never needed to be reintroduced to National Basketball Association fans. "They did a great job of trying to figure out the way to get the most out of us and the most out of this weekend".
After James of Cleveland Cavaliers and Stephen Curry of Golden State Warriors received the highest number of votes, they selected starting players for their respective teams on January 18 in a non-televised event.
Kyrie Irving, who played on Team LeBron, said he hoped that this game would serve as a building block.
Team LeBron had a much different look on game night, following injuries to four of his team's players: starter DeMarcus Cousins and All-Star reserves Kevin Love, John Wall and Kristaps Porzingis.
Golden State Warriors star Durant tallied 19 points and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George delivered 16 points for Team LeBron.
"Two tall giants out there not letting me shoot", Curry said with a laugh when describing the last play.
The defensive effort picked up intensity as well, as Team LeBron forced Giannis Antetokounmpo to commit a double-dribble while Team Stephen clung to a slim, one-point lead.
Irving's basket got Team LeBron within a point and Westbrook twice made baskets that James' squad within one. Curry even snacked on popcorn on the bench waiting for the second half to start, but the defences on the court played tough - at least for an All-Star contest. The team captain finished 11 points, six rebounds and five assists to end the game. Karl Anthony Towns led the first quarter scoring with 11 points.
Comedian Kevin Hart introduced the players before the tip-off.