The NBA All-Star game would be a laughing stock if anybody actually watched it. In an attempt to improve viewership and intrigue, the NBA announces several changes to the format, including one that will give the game a more “pickup game in the park” type feel.
This year, instead of forming teams based on conference affiliation, fan vote will appoint two team captains that will then will select players from a pool of 22 All-Stars.
USA Today is reporting the change will go into effective for the 2017-18 season.
Paul George and Kyrie Irving on the same team? It could happen. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving on the same team? Pretty much guaranteed to never happen under the new rules. It’s hard to imagine either selecting the other.
The change came after Paul Pierce watched the game from home and reached out to commissioner Adam Silver the following day. The former nine-time All-Star noted the lack of competitiveness and enthusiasm by the players. The winning team has score more than 190-points in consecutive seasons.
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. Players will remain reluctant to play hard and get hurt before the playoffs, and poor defensive performances are sure to continue.
The All-Stars will be chosen by a combination of fans (50% of the vote), players (25%) and media (25%). Coaches will select the reserves – two guards, three front-court players and two players from any position.