The stage is set for the 2018 All-Star Game.
If you haven’t heard, the NBA decided to change its All-Star game from its conventional East vs. West for the first time in league history. The highest All-Star vote getters from each conference will serve as the team captains. Those captains will then draft out of a mixed pool of eastern and western conference all-stars to fill out their rosters.
Former league MVPs, LeBron James and Steph Curry filled out their rosters, despite their personal relationships with several players and teammates.
— NBA TV (@NBATV) January 25, 2018
After the draft, both captains concluded that the draft should have been nationally televised.
“We didn’t think it all the way through,” said James. “The fans should have been apart of this, for sure.”
“It was crazy,” added Curry.”Hopefully we’re both the captains again and we can broadcast it to the world in real time. But it was cool to get it behind closed doors with just me and Bron talking, just going through these names.”
Based on the roster, who won the all-star draft? Curry decided to take his splash brother, Klay Thompson and teammate Draymond Green, while LeBron will reunite with Kyrie Irving to go up against the three headed monster they defeated in the epic 2016 Finals. Kevin Durant is the only Warrior on the Team James roster. KD took to social media after the rosters were announced.
LMFAOOOOO KD A REAL ONE FOR THIS. 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/ljvLaN0DvL
— Legendary Lakers (@goldlakerss) January 26, 2018
This is what the all-star game is all about. Players are having fun and enjoying the competition, before beginning the second half of the season to make a playoff push. The league should be applauded for changing the format. It has sparked a new sense excitement to the game. Be sure to enjoy NBA All-Star festivities. The weekend begins February 16 and concludes with the All-Star Game on TNT, Sunday, Feb. 18.