LeBron James might find himself in front of another challenge. The best player in the NBA might be assigned to start at the center position in the 2014 All-Star game in New Orleans.
For many years, the voting for All-Star game had a system in which the fans selected two guards, two forwards and one center for each team, East and West. Last season, NBA changed the rules, and since then the fans are voting for two backcourt (point guards,shooting guards) players and three frontcourt (small forwards, power forwards, centers) players, due to lack of true All-Star caliber centers in the league.
That's why there have been speculations that LeBron James, current regular season and Finals MVP, might be starting the game at center. The clear starter on the East froncourt will be, along with LeBron, Carmelo Anthony. These two can fill position at 3 and 4 spot, but only if the third guy would be a true center.
But as we know, Indiana Pacers' player Paul George is a leading candidate to fill the third spot in the East' frontcourt. George established himself as a NBA star in last year's play-offs. The question is: has he already gain so much popularity that the fans will select him as a starter in the All-Star game?
With the season Pacers are having, we might just assume that George will be selected as a starter, and that will mean that LeBron will move to a center, as he is the strongest out of these three players.
The players that can prevent James moving at five are Andrew Bynum, Roy Hibbert and Joakim Noah, but these players are not as popular as George among fans. Last year's starter Kevin Garnett is having a forgettable season with the Nets, so it's hard to believe that he will be selected again, even though he is still one of the most popular and respected players around the NBA.
So, everything looks like LeBron will be a East' starting center in this yeat All-Star game, and if all three players will stay and compete in the Eastern conference in the upcoming years, we might see The King in this role for many years to come.
It will certainly be interesting seeing him at center spot guarding Dwight Howard, and we can see that as one more similarity with one of the NBA greats, Magic Johnson.
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