All-Star Game undergoes changes, no longer East vs. West

Sheri Evans
October 4, 2017

The West has beaten the East five of the last six times, and six of the last eight.

Now, team captains will be selecting the teams regardless of what conference players play in, according to a press release from the National Basketball Association.

The All-Star Game will be played at Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 18.

Players and league officials have been eager to inject new interest in the often defense-absent game, and they made a decision to act after another boring affair last February in New Orleans.

"I'm thrilled with what the players and the league have done to improve the All-Star Game, which has been a priority for all of us", said NBPA President Chris Paul of the Houston Rockets via a press statement.

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"We're excited about the new All-Star format and appreciate the players' willingness to try something new", Byron Spruell, NBA President of League Operations, said in the release.

The captains for both teams will each be the All-Star starter from each conference who gets the most fan votes.

The captains format will certainly have the potential to add some drama, as teammates can now end up on different teams in the All Star-Game and player rivalries could come into play when the rosters are chosen.

TNT will reveal the All-Star Game starters and captains on January 18th and the reserves on January 23rd. They will select either a Los Angeles-area or national organization for donations to go. Each conference will have 12 guys playing, and the voting breakdown remains 50 percent (fan), 25 percent (media) and 25 percent (player).

The current process for selecting All-Star participants will remain unchanged. The league's coaches also maintain their voting privileges for the game's 14 reserve players. Both teams shot 56 percent in the game.

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