LeBron James says ‘no slander’ of Jazz after Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell fall to backside of All-Star Draft

Jazz stars Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell had been already upset in regards to the lack of respect from NBA officiating crews. Wait till they see the outcomes of the 2021 NBA All-Star Draft.

All-Star captains LeBron James and Kevin Durant chosen their groups Wednesday, and the rosters had been shared Thursday night time throughout the “NBA on TNT” pregame present. Regardless of Utah sitting alone atop the NBA standings with a 27-9 document, the 2 obtainable Jazz gamers did not come off the board till the ultimate two picks.

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Durant selected Mitchell to fill his final reserve slot, leaving James with Gobert. Previous to his penultimate decide, James famous that he wanted some measurement, then took Pacers huge man Domantas Sabonis as an alternative of Gobert.

“I am not going for this Utah Jazz slander proper now,” TNT analyst Charles Barkley stated. “Come on, man. . . . They received the perfect document within the NBA, and their two greatest gamers are the final two standing. That is slander. That is slander, America.”

James responded to Barkley’s “slander” accusation — the Corridor of Famer used slander as an alternative choice to disrespect, not the authorized definition of the phrase — by providing a proof that concerned, uh, video games?

“There isn’t any slander to the Utah Jazz,” James stated. “You guys gotta perceive, identical to in video games rising up, we by no means performed with Utah. At the same time as nice as Karl Malone and John Stockton was, we might by no means decide these guys in video games. By no means.”

First, Mitchell and Gobert drop within the draft, then James dunks on the digital variations of Malone and Stockton? Oh boy. LeBron higher convey a giant safety group the subsequent time he travels to Utah.

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