Thursday, 19 October, 2017

NBA All-Star Game to ditch East vs. West format in 2018

NBA Announces All-Star Game Won't Be East vs. West, Will Be Played for Charity NBA revamps format for All-Star Game
Isaac Mcdaniel | 04 October, 2017, 00:25

In another new move, the two All-Star teams will play for charity, raising money for either a Los Angeles-based non-profit or a national organisation.

Keeping the voting process the same is good news for fringe All-Star players like Kemba Walker and Gordon Hayward, whose path is made easy by the lack of stars in the East, but another gut punch for the Damian Lillard's and Mike Conley's of the West.

The NBA and National Basketball Players Association announced the new format on Tuesday, and the Los Angeles contest on February 18 will be the first NBA All-Star Game that is not East vs. The highest vote-getter from each conference will earn the title of captain, and they'll pick their team like they're back on the playground.

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. "We're looking forward to putting on an entertaining show in L.A".

Under the changes, which were hammered out by the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), a captain from each conference will pick the sides from a pool of starters and reserves. Under this format, Stephen Curry and LeBron James would have picked their rosters for the 2017 game. Chris Paul, the president of the player's union, raved about the change.

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More details about how All-Star captains can draft their teams are expected to be released at a later date. 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.

The NBA All-Star game has devolved into one big fast break, with epic dunks and minimal defense.

Will players go harder in the game now?

No doubt, this new format gives fans a reason to care about an otherwise meaningless game.

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