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February 15, 2014

James, Durant arrive at All-Star weekend in Big Easy as NBA’s 1A, 1B

NEW ORLEANS — With the first pick in the 2014 NBA All-Star fantasy draft ...

“I’d go with LeBron,” Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan said.

“I’ll take KD,” said Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving.

That’s how close it is right now between LeBron James and Kevin Durant.

They are the very best of the NBA’s best, both so talented that even guys who play against them every night have trouble deciding which one they think is better.

“I think it’s almost a situation where you have 1A and 1B, because both give you so many different things out on the court,” Minnesota’s Kevin Love said.

“1A, 1B,” agreed Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs, who were knocked out of the playoffs by Durant two years ago and James last year.

“As journalists you’re always going to try to choose, but me as a basketball player and playing against them, they’re both great.”

James was the MVP of the game in 2008, the last time the NBA’s All-Star weekend came to New Orleans. These days, he’s the MVP of most seasons, winning four of the last five awards. But King James might be giving up the throne this time, with multiple players believing Durant will emerge with his first MVP award this season.

“I think it’s ultimately going to be KD and LeBron, and KD’s team is No. 1 in the West right now,” Portland’s Damian Lillard said. “He’s getting 40 every night and flirting with a triple-double, so I think if they had to pick an MVP right now it would be KD.”

But MVP is decided by a media panel. Nobody voting for that ever shares the floor with James or Durant. What about somebody like Carmelo Anthony, who plays the same position, is sandwiched between them at No. 2 in the scoring race, and has teamed with both on the U.S. Olympic team?

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