No more East vs. West as NBA revamps All-Star Game format

NBA changes format of All-Star Game, will no longer be East vs. West

The NBA on Tuesday announced a radical overhaul of the league's All-Star Game format, scrapping the traditional Eastern Conference versus Western Conference duel in favor of two teams chosen by nominated captains. The fan vote will count for 50 percent, the player vote will be worth 25 percent and media vote will be worth 25 percent. The captains will be the starter from each conference who receives the most fan votes.

Kerr added that he respected the league's effort to make the All-Star Game more interesting and said the change is good for the National Basketball Association. Those were LeBron James in the East and Stephen Curry in the West last season.

The voting format will remain the same with 12 players selected from each conference for the game in Los Angeles on February 18. "We're looking forward to putting on an entertaining show in L.A.", Paul said.

The league's 67th All-Star game will be the first without an East vs. Then the seven reserves per conference are still selected by the league's head coaches.

This change most likely comes as a result of the inbalance between the East and West. On Wednesday, Kevin Love was asked about the possibility of LeBron James picking Kyrie Irving or Steph Curry for his team - and said he thought it depended on a few different things.

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Another change to next year's game is that the teams will play for charity.

The NBA All-Star game, which normally highlights All-Star weekend, has received nearly a complete makeover.

That same ESPN report said that it will be a playground-selection style, but the true details of how the draft will take place are still relatively unknown.

Players and league officials have been eager to inject new interest in the often defense-absent game, and made a decision to act after another tiresome affair last February in New Orleans. How fantastic would it be if the fans voted Russell Westbrook captain and he passes on Durant? Maybe this is the "precursor to abolishing the conference system, both at the All-Star Game and for the league at large" (THERINGER.com, 10/3). Fans get to see combinations they aren't used to while players get to play alongside buddies or even rivals.

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