Simmons' NBA All-Star bid on shaky ground

Lakers News Lonzo Ball stands pat in second All Star voting returns

Fans account for 50 percent of the vote to determine the 10 starters for the 68th NBA All-Star Game.

Meanwhile, LeBron James still leads all vote getters in the west with over 2.7 million votes.

The top three players in the East frontcourt are unchanged, with Antetokounmpo joined by the Toronto Raptors' Kawhi Leonard (2,092,806) in second place and the Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid (1,710,229) in third place.

Simmons' 695,032 fan votes this year puts him in ninth among all guards, behind the western conference's leader Steph Curry (2,094,158), Derrick Rose (1,986,840), James Harden (1,674,660), Russell Westbrook (1,494,382) and Klay Thompson (706,960).

James leads all players in the most recent totals and Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo is second overall in the fan voting, which closes January 21. Current NBA players and a panel of basketball media each account for 25% of the remaining vote.

China-US trade talks have laid foundation for a deal, ministry says
McKinney's sentiment echoed that of President Donald Trump , who tweeted early Tuesday that the talks "are going very well! ". Last year, the U.S. imposed tariff hikes of up to 25 per cent on Dollars 250 billion of Chinese goods.

The two team captains will draft rosters from the players voted as starters and reserves, picking players regardless of conference affiliation. Ball and Kuzma, along with Brandon Ingram, were selected to the Rising Stars Game last season.

After the fan voting has closed, the league will also provide an All-Star poll for players to fill out, as well as for select credentialed media.

National Basketball Association head coaches will vote for the reserves and also for replacement nominees in case of an injury, which could bring a few other names into consideration down the line. He's having quite the rookie season and deserves to play in the All-Star game because of his star appeal and his play on the court.

Details for the All-Star draft have yet to be announced.

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