NBA All-Star Game 2019: Winners and Losers from NBA All-Star Draft
Winner: Kevin Durant
In a confession to Ernie during the TNT draft show, James revealed after '365 days' that he picked Durant as his first pick last year as well. Keeping in mind how thoughtful The King is while recruiting personnel, that just elevated Durant's stature to a whole different level and was surely something that emerged as a noteworthy talking point.
On being asked by the media about LeBron picking him first for the second straight year, KD fired back with a trademark response,
"What else is he supposed to do?"
Loser: Shaquille O' Neal and TNT crew
The team of EJ, Kenny, Chuck, and Shaq on TNT is revered league-wide for their hot takes and verbal spats filled with sour humor. But at one point in time during the draft show, Kenny asked Shaq to pronounce the Freak's last name, giving fuel to an age-old quip that has been overused to extinction.
As expected, Shaq mispronounced "Antetokounmpo" leading to laughs all around, including a nervous yet embarrassed smile from Giannis. The following video clip portrays the complete sequence, one that was not taken entirely in good taste.