LeBron James has claimed that he is 'honoured' both to have been announced as a starter for his tenth consecutive NBA All-Star game and by the number of votes that he received during the fan vote.
The Miami Heat superstar, who went for 27 points, 13 rebounds and six assists during the 109-102 victory over Pau Gasol and the Los Angeles Lakers at AmericanAirlines Arena on Thursday night, will start in the Eastern Conference's frontcourt alongside New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony and Indiana's Paul George after topping the voting process with 1,146,149.
"I'm honored with how many votes I've received and with the fans voting me in as an All-Star starter," James was quoted by Fox Sports prior to the win over the Lakers.
"I'm there ... if you get an opportunity from the fans, who vote in who they love and those 10 guys to be starters."
However, despite his obvious pride at his selection, James also appeared to express a little disappointment that he won't have the opportunity to get some well-needed rest during the league's annual break after so many All-Star appearances.
"There's also a fine line with me at this point in my 11th year. This is 10 straight for me. You wish you could get a couple days off here and there, but it is what it is and I'll be happy to be there," he added.
While there were few surprises in the East lineup for New Orleans with Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving joining Heat veteran Dwayne Wade in the backcourt, the West saw one or two minor shocks with Steph Curry and Kevin Love getting the nod over Chris Paul and Dwight Howard.
LeBron and the Heat, who currently sit second in the East with a record of 31-12, will look to close the three-game gap on the Pacers as they host the San Antonio Spurs - the team they beat to in a thrilling seven-game Finals series to life their second-consecutive NBA championship last season - on Sunday.
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