Los Angeles Lakers star forward LeBron James set a new record Wednesday in the NBA by being chosen for the sixteenth time to one of the three best teams in the League.
James, 35, in his seventeenth season broke the tie of fifteen appearances that it kept with the expivotes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Tim Duncan, and the former guard Kobe Bryant as the most chosen.
Along with James, the other four players selected for the First Team were Greek power forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee), guard James Harden (Houston), Slovenian guard point guard Luka Doncic (Dallas) and center Anthony Davis (Los Angeles Lakers ).
James and Davis are the first couple from the same team chosen in the same season since two from Phoenix, former Canadian base Steve Nash and center Amar’e Stoudemire, were chosen in the 2006-2007 season.
Before the selection of James and Davis there were also those of Shaquille O’Neal-Kobe three times; Michael Jordan-Scottie Pippen, 1995-96; Karl Malone-John Stockton, twice; Larry Bird-Kevin McHale 1986-1987; Magic Johnson-Abdul-Jabbar, twice; and Julius Erving-Moses Malone, 1982-1983.
Besides breaking the tie with those three legends, James also extended a record he already held by being named for his thirteenth time to the NBA First Team.
James made 11 straight in the First Team before the streak was snapped with the first significant injury of his career last season, his first with the Lakers. Then it fell to the third team. He has since regained his best form and is a contender for the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award.