LeBron James Leads Second Return of All-Star Votes

Jan 6 2018 Orlando FL USA Cleveland Cavaliers forward Le Bron James calls a play against the Orlando Magic during the second quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James and Golden State Warriors playmaker Stephen Curry are on course to be chosen as conference captains for next month's All-Star Game in Los Angeles, voting results showed Thursday. "It'll be a cool vibe to see how it all shakes out and how unique you can make the lineups".

"The only thing is with my kids getting older, that's the only thing that kinds of stops me from going as long as I'd like to", he told USA Today. "I'd rather somebody else do it".

Perhaps Durant still has a sour taste in his mouth from last season's All-Star Game in New Orleans.

"I don't feel like I came in at 18 and I've played 79-80 percent of games", he added.

The NBA's head coaches will still select the 14 reserves, voting for two guards, three frontcourt players and two players at any position in their respective conferences.

In the Eastern Conference, Cleveland's LeBron James (1,622,838), Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo (1,480,954) and Philadelphia's Joel Embiid (784,287) are now the top three frontcourt players in the fan vote.

Voting will conclude on Monday. The two captains will then draft a team based on the pool of players.

In the Eastern Conference, James (1,622,838), Antetokounmpo (1,480,954) and Philadelphia's Joel Embiid are now the top three frontcourt players in the fan vote. Philadelphia's Joel Embiid is the third-leading vote-getter in the East frontcourt category with 784,287. At third is Sixers' Ben Simmons (397,942), with Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo close behind (385,448).

Immediately behind Curry in the West guard category are Houston's James Harden (978,540) and reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook (791,332) of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Warriors' do-it-all forward Draymond Green (616,730) is at third, followed by DeMarcus Cousins (587,835).

The All-Star captains and starters will be announced January 18, with the reserves unveiled five days later.

The 67th NBA All-Star Game takes place February 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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