This February, the NBA will feature a brand new format for its annual All-Star Game. Instead of the East playing the West like in years past, captains will pick their teams.
That sounds like a fun new element, especially the actual process of selecting players. However, it is starting to look like that part of the event will not be televised.
ESPN's Rachel Nichols reported that the league is leaning towards not putting the draft on TV and soon after LeBron James voiced his disagreement with that idea.
"We're all grown men," James told Cleveland.com. "It doesn't stop your paycheck from coming."
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Putting the draft on TV would air out all the drama that goes down during the draft. It would let personal rivalries betwen guys like Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook or James and Kyrie Irving play out for all the world to see.
That sounds like it could be very entertating. Count Wizards guard John Wall among those who would like to see it and be a part of it.
"I think it should be televised," he said on NBC Sports Washington's Wizards Tipoff podcast. "If you made the All-Star Game, it should be televised who is going to be on what team. I don't think you should call them and then wait until everybody sees who will be an All-Star. They should let it be known. We're grown men, like [LeBron] said. If they ain't pick you, they ain't pick you."
Voting for the NBA All-Star Game begins on Thursday, but the actual draft will not be until January when the pool of players is determined. We'll see which way the league goes on this.
Wall also discussed why Bradley Beal should be an All-Star, how he would change the one-and-done rule and the rule saying he can't dunk in practice anymore on the podcast. Listen to the full interview here:
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