The NBA has recently announced Tuesday afternoon, a huge change to their NBA All-Star game for the 2018 All-Stars. In the announcement, the NBA and National Basketball Players Association says two captains, chosen by the fans, will be the leading vote-getters from each conference. The winning team will play for a charity selected before the game.
According to USA TODAY,
Captains can choose any player voted to the All-Star Game as a starter or reserve, regardless of conference affiliation.
For example, if LeBron James is one of the captains, he can select Stephen Curry or Draymond Green if they are named to the game.
After the conferences combined for an All-Star Game-record 374 points in last season’s showdown, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said he wanted to see changes so players would treat it close to the way they would a regular-season contest.
“We will change it by next year,” Silver told reporters. “It shouldn’t be playoff intensity, but the guys should be playing.”
Per USA Today‘s Jeff Zillgitt, the changes are a “player-driven answer” to the recent problem of the event’s treatment as a backyard exhibition.
Newly inquired Houston Rocket and NBPA President Chris Paul spoke about the All-Star change,
“I’m thrilled with what the players and the league have done to improve the All-Star Game, which has been a priority for all of us,” NBPA president and Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul said in the statement. “We’re looking forward to putting on an entertaining show in L.A.”
Think this change will bring a lot more excitement for the annual game that has lost it’s edge over the years. Having players mixed from each conference, will have a NBA2K feel to the game. Very interested to see how this plays out. The 2018 NBA All-Star Game will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 18.
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