Saturday, 21 October, 2017

All-Star Game undergoes changes, no longer East vs. West

NBA unveils new All Star Game format Doug Pensinger Getty Images
Hilda Schwartz | 04 October, 2017, 00:29

This was a move fans had been asking for with the Western Conference being the more dominant of the two over the last decade-plus, but it was totally unanticipated. "We're looking forward to putting on an entertaining show in L.A.", Paul said.

We'll see if the captain format causes players to take things a little more seriously. What if teammates end up playing each other in the All-Star game and beefing? So, that's what we've done, inserting Kevin Durant (picked by Jamie) and LeBron James (picked by Robby) as team captains, and alternating picks until we'd run through the entire 2017 All-Star squads to shuffle them around.

As Paul mentioned, the 67th All-Star Game is in Los Angeles on February 18. The coaches who earn spots in the All-Star Game will coach the team captained by the player from his conference. The league implemented changes in its voting system last season, reducing fan voting totals to weigh 50 percent in All-Star starter results.

Paul made sure NBPA executive director Michele Roberts got involved, and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan, the president of the league's labor relations committee, fostered further discussion.

San Juan mayor in spotlight after Trump tweets
In Puerto Rico , where all imports must come by boat or plane, this has caused supplies to the island to come at increased prices. And the US military is working with Puerto Rican officials and the island's National Guard to reach those still cut off.

"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. Specifics about the draft have not been detailed to this point.

The current process for selecting All-Star participants will remain unchanged. 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.

Meanwhile, the East has added just one 2017 West All-Star: Gordon Hayward, who signed with the Boston Celtics.

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

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