Could the NBA return to its traditional All-Star Game format?
The NBA is considering switching its All-Star game to an Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference format, The Athletic reported Friday.
The report noted that increasing the game’s competitiveness was a key topic of conversation between the NBA and NBPA in the context of a new collective bargaining agreement.
While the number of points has increased dramatically over the years, the NBA All-Star Game has earned a bad reputation for being just an offensive shootout with no defense.
At each of the last six NBA All-Star Games, two players have served as captains and fielded their respective teams. Team captains included LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kevin Durant. The last East vs. West All-Star game came in 2017 when the West defeated the East 192-182 in New Orleans.
At this year’s All-Star Game, Team Giannis defeated Team LeBron 184-175 in Salt Lake City. The 2023 draft differed from previous years in that both team captains selected their rosters prior to publication.
Next season’s All-Star Game will be held in Indianapolis.
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