NBA All-Star Game draft will likely be televised next season - MRCAESAR.COM

Monday, 19 February 2018

NBA All-Star Game draft will likely be televised next season

Basketball fans wanted the NBA All-Star Game to be televised — and now that commissioner Adam Silver knows the players do too, it looks like they'll get their wish.
"When we sat with the union and we came up with this format, we all agreed, let's not turn something that's 100 percent positive into a potential negative to any player," Silver told ESPN after Team LeBron defeated Team Stephen 148-145 at the Staples Center. "But then ... maybe we're overly conservative, because then we came out of there, and the players were, 'We can take it. We're All-Stars. Let's have a draft.' So it sounds like we're going to have a televised draft next year."
The commissioner doesn't know what a televised All-Star Game draft would include, but added that he and the union "will figure it out."
LeBron James and Stephen Curry at center court prior to the NBA All-Star Game. (KEVORK DJANSEZIAN/GETTY IMAGES)
"Televise it," DeMar DeRozan said of the draft. "Give the people what they want to see. I think everybody wants to see it. At the end of the day, every single person that gets picked, you are an All-Star, so it doesn't matter where you really go, so I think televise it."
Silver also called the new format "incredible." This year, fans voted on the starting five players for each conference, but then the top vote-getters in the East and West — LeBron James and Stephen Curry — got to pick their teams from the pool of starters and the reserves chosen by the league's coaches.
"I know who I like watching, and I had a draft board. I had a process," James said. "Some of it went according to plan. A couple of them fell through, but I was satisfied and happy with the guys that I got."
Curry added: "As the draft kind of unfolded, you start to game plan around positions. For me, I tried to get the best shooters. It was kind of cool to see both teams come together as me and LeBron were picking. So that part, that vibe of the format and having two guys select from your peers, will be a fun show as it unfolds year after year."
Team LeBron's starters were Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis. Team Stephen started Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid, James Harden and DeRozan.

- ny news 

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