Weigh in on changes to NBA All-Star Game

Weigh in on changes to NBA All-Star Game

On Tuesday, the National Basketball Association announced that it is tweaking its All-Star Game format and will now have two designated team captains select the players for their teams - regardless of which conference the players are in.

The NBA has eliminated the traditional Eastern Conference vs. "We're looking forward to putting on an entertaining show in LA".

"We're excited about the new All-Star format and appreciate the players' willingness to try something new", said NBA President, League Operations Byron Spruell.

In another All-Star change, both teams will play for charities in the Los Angeles area. West matchup in favor of a playground style draft, in which one captain from the East and West will draft from the entire pool of All-Star voted players, regardless of conference affiliation. Those were LeBron James in the East and Stephen Curry in the West last season.

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Paul, a nine-time All-Star, watched last year's game from home, and the day after the game, he reached out to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver expressing need for a change to the game. In addition to Anthony, Jimmy Butler and Paul George were also traded from East to West for younger players, while Paul Millsap signed with the Denver Nuggets as a free agent. Each conference will have 12 guys playing, and the voting breakdown remains 50 percent (fan), 25 percent (media) and 25 percent (player). The NBA's head coaches will still select the 14 reserves, voting for two guards, three frontcourt players and two players at any position in their respective conferences.

It was not immediately clear when captains would announce their picks for the new All-Star teams.

And it just made an often tedious game far more interesting. if the players go harder. Each All-Star Game coach will lead the team that includes the captain from the same conference.

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