Kevin Durant is ready to be the captain of his All-Star Game team for the second straight season. The Brooklyn Nets superstar is currently sidelined due to an MCL sprain, which will force him to miss the 2022 edition of the game.
Still, KD was the biggest vote-getter in the Eastern Conference, which grants him the right to be captain of his team. Just like last season, Team Durant will face Team LeBron, and the 2014 NBA MVP is trying to get revenge on his long-term nemesis.
Last season, LeBron assembled a terrific team that included some of the best players in the league. Durant did a good job with his squad, too, but the development of the game demonstrated that James' GM skills are far superior to Durant's.
That's why the 2x NBA champion wants to make sure he selects the best team this year, trying to defeat LeBron, who hasn't lost a single duel since the All-Star Game changed its format.
Talking on his 'The ETCs' podcast, Durant talked about his plans for this year's ASG and what he wants to do with the draft.
"Last year I thought I picked the best team in All-Star Game history, but we laid an egg when the game started. ... This year, if I'm the captain, it's going to be a lot better. ... I need to redeem myself. My GM skills are being questioned."
He needs to make better decisions this year. The last one, Durant allowed LeBron to pick four of the best players in the league, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Steph Curry, Luka Doncic and Nikola Jokic. Team LeBron was overpowered and there was nothing KD could do to stop them.
This year, he has a second chance to prove to fans he can be a good GM and assemble a team that will give Team LeBron a run for their money. All-Star starters were announced on Wednesday night, and if the game faced both conferences like before, I believe the East would have a better chance to win.
However, the situation is different now and captains need to put together a team that will bring the show, spectacular plays, and a lot of fun to fans. The All-Star draft will take place Feb. 10.