Rockets news: Chris Paul says he’s ‘thrilled’ about changes to All-Star Game format
The NBA has officially announced some major changes to the format for the 2018 All-Star Game in Los Angeles that will see the voted-in players be selected by two captains.
According to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, Chris Paul, who is currently the NBPA president and Houston Rockets guard, voiced much excitement about the sudden alterations.
CP3: “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,”
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) October 3, 2017
This move is a clear indication that the NBA is hoping to draw more attention to the game, which has become less appealing given the ease to which players have been able to score in the last few years. In fact, the 2017 NBA All-Star Game break numerous records that saw the West top the East 192-182 without the need of overtime.
The change in format could lead to some interesting teams being formed with the players getting the choice to pick their teammates for the contest. It could give the players extra incentive to play with more intensity and competitiveness leading to a better product on the floor.
What could also be taken away from this decision is that the NBA has shown a willingness to adjust accordingly to the current balance of talent in each conference. With many of the league’s top players in the East moving West, it allows for there being a more competitive game with the best in the league being spread out more evenly on both sides.
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