LeBron James has three close friends in the NBA: Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony.
They vacation together. They talk about competing in the 2016 Olympics together.
And they vote for each other for the All-Star game.
LeBron started the trend yesterday, and the others followed suit. As a 10s of thousands of All-Star votes were cast via retweets.
LeBron voted for Kevin Love, Irving, Wade, Paul and Melo:
Wade – who voted for Chris Bosh and Hassan Whiteside earlier in the day – added votes for Paul, Melo and LeBron
Paul voted for J.J. Redick, DeAndre Jordan, Blake Griffin, Jordan Crawford, LeBron, Wade and Melo:
Melo voted for LeBron, Paul, Wade and Kristaps Porzingis
Love voted for LeBron and Irving:
Here’s the breakdown of votes as of 7 p.m. today:
The major effects of this exercise relative to the initial voting returns:
- Melo cut nearly more than half his deficit behind Andre Drummond for the third and final starting frontcourt spot in the East (though the Pistons are trying to get Drummond votes, too)
- John Wall isn’t going to like this, but Irving increased what was the narrowest lead for a starting spot by more than 50%
- Wade got the most votes, but he already a huge lead to start at guard for the Eastern Conference.