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NBA: LeBron relishing hometown All-Star chance

LeBron James is relishing the prospect of lining up in the All-Star Game in front of his hometown fans in Cleveland on Sunday.

 

Team LeBron are 5/11 to win the All-Star Game in the Money Line and Team Durant can be backed at 9/5.

James is gearing up for his 18th successive appearance in the mid-season showpiece in his 19th season in the NBA.

The Los Angeles Lakers star grew up in Akron, Ohio, just 35 miles away from Cleveland, and has enjoyed two spells with the Cavaliers. James was selected with the first overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft by his hometown team and spent seven seasons with the Cavs before heading to Miami Heat, where he won his first two championships.

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James returned to Cleveland in 2014 and led the team to their first, and so far only, championship in 2016 before moving to LA.  

Cleveland hosting All-Star Game for first time in 25 years

The All-Star Game takes place in Cleveland for the first time since 1997 this weekend and James, 37, is looking forward to captaining Team LeBron in his home city.

"Cleveland is very deserving of this platform and this moment," he said, via CBS Sports. "They [the Cavs] got two All-Stars of their own in the game in D.G. [Darius Garland] and the big fella, Jarrett Allen. And they got another guy in the All-Star, and that's me. It's great, man."

Allen and Garland will play alongside James as they have been selected among the reserves.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, DeMar DeRozan, Nikola Jokic and Stephen Curry are the other starters on Team LeBron.

Durant injured

Kevin Durant is injured so the captain won't play for Team Durant, with Trae Young, Joel Embiid, Ja Morant, Andrew Wiggins and Jayson Tatum the starters.

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