Published: Wed, October 04, 2017
Sports | By Ivan Ross

National Basketball Association changes All-Star Game format; Captains will select mixed-conference teams

National Basketball Association changes All-Star Game format; Captains will select mixed-conference teams

The NBA has announced new rules to the All-Star Game, getting rid of the East vs. The top vote-getters in each conference will serve as captains, making the picks. Still, it gives NBA fans one more thing to look forward to in what will certainly be another fantastic season of basketball.

While this change might make it possible for fans to see their favorite players on the same team, it is unclear what it will do for the actual flow of the game itself.

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

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But the players who win the fan vote from each conference will be selected as the captains.

Players union president Chris Paul is one of the people who has been credited with coming up with the new format, which will be similar to the one the National Football League now uses with the Pro Bowl.

The NBA All-Star game would be a laughing stock if anybody actually watched it.

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People have floated the idea of having team captains and a draft in the past (as the National Hockey League has done) because with basketball there's something natural about it. Will Russ and KD be on the same team? Who will be the last player chosen? Will friendships be hurt by the selection process? Meanwhile, a number of less deserving players from the East will be headed to L.A. for the All-Star Game.

There will surely be a bunch of narrative with this new All-Star Game and the West is too stacked to do the old format anyways. I know it's an exhibition game, but the intensity usually increased as the quarters went on.

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