NBA Tweaks All-Star Game Format By Ditching Conferences

NBA Tweaks All-Star Game Format By Ditching Conferences

"We're looking forward to putting on an entertaining show in L.A".

We'll see if the captain format causes players to take things a little more seriously.

In another new feature, the 2018 All-Star teams will play for charity. The format for selecting All-Stars is unchanged: fans, players, and media picks the starters while head coaches pick the reserves.

James, a 13-time All-Star, is perennially the top vote getter in the East and received the most votes in the National Basketball Association last season. NBA All-Star Voting 2018 presented by Verizon will tip off on Monday, Dec. 25 before five Christmas Day games across ESPN, ABC and TNT.

The NBA and National Basketball Players Association announced the new format on Tuesday, and the Los Angeles contest on February 18 will be the first NBA All-Star Game that is not East vs. Chris Paul, the president of the player's union, raved about the change.

NBA President of League Operations Byron Spruell welcomed the input of players keen to "try something new".

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From there, though, the process of selecting who will play on each team will be done by the top vote-getter in each conference, mimicking what the National Hockey League instituted from 2011-2015 and changing up a format that had grown stale.

Though the format is different, the selection process - 12 players from each conference earning bids - will remain the same.

The NBA is changing the format of its All-Star game, the league announced. The league's coaches also maintain their voting privileges for the game's 14 reserve players.

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

In recent years, the All-Star Game has lost its appeal to a lot of fans.

Will players go harder in the game now?

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