Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and Lonzo Ball headline the NBA Rising Stars rosters announced Wednesday night.
The game will feature the same format as the previous three years with 10 of the league’s best rookies or second-year players from the U.S. taking on 10 from across the globe. The Sixers and Lakers each have three selections, the most for any team.
With the likes of Ryan Getzlaf, Ryan Kesler and Cam Fowler at 100 percent, the Ducks have hit their stride in the season’s homestretch.
Goalie John Gibson (25-15-6, 2.46, .927) posted his second shutout Tuesday night and did yeoman’s work keeping the team competitive early in the season when it was short-handed.
“We know if we don’t win now, our season is over,” Gibson said of Anaheim’s urgency. “There is definitely more pressure, and we hold ourselves to a higher standard.”
This starts a crucial back-to-back set for the Ducks, who play in Dallas on Friday night against an equally desperate foe.
They played together as teammates on the Cavaliers’ 2016 NBA championship team, and Irving told reporters he will always be connected to James and Love.
“I think you’ve heard it if you’ve talked to championship winners before, but when you’re on a championship team, it’s just a bond that can’t be broken forever,” Irving said, per ESPN. “Just going through that, the way we created history — we’re the only team in history to come back from 3-1 (in the NBA Finals). And that’s something that will be etched in NBA history for life.
“And that’s always a connection, something that we can always reminisce about no matter what. It’s an incredible bond that we built as a team, individually being tested at the highest level, and doing something that you can remember for the rest of your life and tell your kids about.”