LeBron James earns record-tying 15th selection to All-NBA team

LeBron James earns record-tying 15th selection to All-NBA team
LeBron James prepares to shoot a free throw during a March 9 game at Staples Center. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Lakers forward LeBron James was selected to a record-tying 15th All-NBA team when it was announced Thursday that he made the third team despite missing 27 games this season.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan have also earned 15 selections to the All-NBA team.


Milwaukee forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and Houston guard James Harden were unanimous selections to the first team, which also included Golden State guard Stephen Curry, Denver center Nikola Jokic and Oklahoma City forward Paul George.

The second team was comprised of Golden State forward Kevin Durant, Philadelphia center Joel Embiid, Boston guard Kyrie Irving, Toronto forward Kawhi Leonard and Portland guard Damian Lillard.

Joining James on the third team were Detroit forward Blake Griffin, Utah center Rudy Gobert, Charlotte guard Kemba Walker and Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook.

Although James played in only 55 games this season because of injuries, his numbers across the board — 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 8.3 assists — were all above his per-game average for his career.

Lillard and Walker each become eligible for the super-max contract extensions for earning a spot on the All-NBA team.

Durant won’t play in Finals opener

Kevin Durant is yet to progress to on-court work in his recovery from a strained right calf and won't be ready to return for Golden State in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on May 30.

DeMarcus Cousins might be healthy for the series opener against either Milwaukee or Toronto. Both players were re-evaluated Thursday and the Warriors expect they each will be ready at some point during the team’s fifth straight appearance in the Finals.

Cousins is working back from a torn left quadriceps muscle sustained in Game 2 of the first round against the Clippers. He practiced for the first time Thursday since getting hurt April 16.

Golden State took two days off after completing a sweep of the Trail Blazers on Monday night in Portland. Durant was injured during Game 5 of the conference semifinals against the Houston Rockets.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr wouldn't commit to a role for Cousins when he returns.

Suns player arrested

Phoenix Suns big man Richaun Holmes was arrested for misdemeanor possession of cannabis after a Miami-area traffic stop.

Holmes, 25, was arrested Tuesday night along with former Brooklyn Nets forward James Webb III after authorities say the found a recently used marijuana joint inside their vehicle.


Both men posted bond soon after being booked into a Miami jail.

Holmes will become an unrestricted free agent this summer. He averaged 8.2 points and 4.7 rebounds per game this past season.