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NBA All-Star draft: Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson playing against Steph Curry

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NBA All-Star draft: Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson playing against Steph Curry

The trade deadline came and went, but that wasn't the only drama in the NBA landscape Thursday afternoon.

No, the All-Star teams had to be decided. Playground style.

Team LeBron and Team Giannis alternated picks in the All-Star Draft on Thursday, with James picking first among the starters, and Antetokounmpo picking first among the reserves. James also had the first pick among the special team roster additions, Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki and Miami's Dwyane Wade.

Kevin Durant and Steph Curry are teammates on the Warriors, but after being the first two picks of the draft, they'll be on opposite sides at the 2019 All-Star Game in Charlotte. Durant was the first overall selection by James, while Anteokounmpo took Curry with his first pick, returning the favor from last year.

Klay Thompson was the fourth player selected among the reserves, ending up on Team LeBron with Durant.

[RELATED: Warriors Outsiders pick All-Star rosters for LeBron, Giannis]

Following the conclusion of the draft, James and Antetokounmpo engaged in the first-ever All-Star Draft trade, exchanging Ben Simmons for Russell Westbrook.

Full team rosters are listed below:

Team LeBron:

LeBron James*
Kevin Durant*
Kyrie Irving*
Kawhi Leonard*
James Harden*
Anthony Davis
Klay Thompson
Damian Lillard
Ben Simmons
LaMarcus Aldridge
Karl-Anthony Towns
Bradley Beal
Dwyane Wade

Team Giannis:

Giannis Antetokounmpo*
Steph Curry*
Joel Embiid*
Paul George*
Kemba Walker*
Khris Middleton
Nikola Jokic
Russell Westbrook
Blake Griffin
D'Angelo Russell
Nikola Vucevic
Kyle Lowry
Dirk Nowitzki

*Denotes starter

Steve Kerr hopes Kevon Looney will play in Warriors' season opener

Steve Kerr hopes Kevon Looney will play in Warriors' season opener

Well, this isn't exactly the Kevon Looney update you were hoping for.

Steve Kerr announced after practice Tuesday that the Warriors big man will not play against the Lakers on Wednesday or Friday.

Looney tweaked his hamstring 13 days ago and missed Golden State's first three preseason games.

At Media Day, Kerr told reporters that he has big plans for the 23-year-old and is planning on playing him around 30 minutes per night.

This story will be updated

 

Steph Curry shares how security guard Ralph Walker returned to Warriors

Steph Curry shares how security guard Ralph Walker returned to Warriors

In July 2018, Ralph Walker retired after after providing security to the Warriors for seven years. 

Two months ago, NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole broke the news that the retired Oakland police officer was returning to Golden State.

"Having as many familiar faces from guys that know how we do business around here -- and good guys -- means a lot," Steph Curry told Connor Letourneau of The San Francisco Chronicle. "So much change and turnover, having him back is huge just from a culture standpoint.

"Selfishly speaking, I love it. Very familiar with him, comfortable with him. He knows me and my family well. He knows the whole organization. A no-BS type dude."

Although Walker wasn't with the Dubs last season, he was working personally with the two-time NBA MVP.

"We were actually making jokes on our Asia tour -- me and my Under Armour team -- like, 'Oh, Ralph. We want you back man.' At the end of the trip we had a dinner and somebody brought it back up," Curry explained to Letourneau. "He answered a comment with, 'All right, I'll do it.'

"And we all like stopped and were like, 'Wait, are you serious?' So I actually had to get it on film to document the moment so he couldn't backtrack.

[RELATEDOutsider Observations: Steph showcasing leadership for Dubs]

"He took a year to be with his fam and his daugther in high school ... at the end of the day, I know he missed it."

Walker doesn't have to miss it anymore.

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