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‘Kind of Irks Me’: LeBron James Still Angry About Not Making All-Star Game in Rookie Season

'Kind of Irks Me': LeBron James Still Angry About Not Making All-Star Game in Rookie Season

LeBron James has been a perennial All-Star for almost his entire career. James first became an All-Star in his sophomore season in 2004-05. Since then, he has been an All-Star every season, racking up 17 All-Star nominations in his career. However, being the hyper-driven athlete he is, he still wanted one elusive All-Star nomination.

LeBron James still upset about rookie year All-Star snub

LeBron James spoke to the press recently, where he revealed his experience attending his first-ever All-Star game in Los Angeles, where he now plays with the Lakers. It was a great experience for him and his entire family. However, James wanted to receive an All-Star nomination in his rookie season, and play in the All-Star Game, and that still bothers him to this day. He said:

“I was in Los Angeles for my first All-Star game. And that was an incredible moment for myself and my family to be here. Obviously, I wanted to be in the All-Star game. Still kind of irks me a little bit, but I got over it.”

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While James was upset about not making the All-Star game in his first year, he didn’t have to wait long for a nomination. James became an All-Star in his second season, becoming one of the youngest players in NBA history to achieve an All-Star nomination. Since getting his first nomination, James has gone on to be an All-Star 17 times in his illustrious career.

James is a highlight of All-Star weekend

James has been a shining star during the All-Star game in his career. He is a three-time All-Star game MVP, and he was most recently one in 2018. Furthermore, he has been an All-Star captain for the past few years of his career, since the NBA decided to change the format to a captain-based selection rather than an East vs West showcase.

LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 18: DeMar DeRozan (L) and LeBron James play during the 67th NBA All-Star Game: Team LeBron Vs. Team Stephen at Staples Center on February 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

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How will Team LeBron fare in the All-Star game? The All-Star Draft is set to take place on Thursday, and many fans have speculated how captains LeBron James and Kevin Durant will be selecting their team. The two notorious rivals will be sure to pick the best team possible, to get the upper hand over the other, as one of the greatest basketball rivalries of all time returns again.

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Erin Clark

Erin is a sports enthusiast who loves indulging in occasional football matches. She is a passionate journalist who flaunts a perfect hold over the English language. She currently caters her skills for the sports and health section of Report Door.

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