'Televise it': players rave about new National Basketball Association all-star draft format

Posted February 20, 2018

The first was LeBron James' game-winning basket, a short 2-point shot off an assist from Kyrie Irving with 35 seconds remaining, which helped give Team LeBron and 148-145 victory over Team Stephen [Curry]. That being said, he hopes the team will have a renewed sense of focus from here on out.

While the selection of teams, blacktop-style, awarding the first pick to the top vote-getter and taking turns to select the following players in the roster - fans were left with the intrigue of seeing this process televised, an issue Silver would look to solve for next year's All-Star Game in Charlotte. "Today we wanted to make it a real basketball game".

"They put on a show, but they gave the crowd something to root for rather than just wilding with dunks and lobs", said Paul George, who scored 16 points for Team LeBron.

Moments later, Team LeBron's Kevin Durant connected with Russell Westbrook, on a layup to cut the lead to one.

If the goal on Sunday was to see stars, for most of the night banging one's head against the wall might have been a more enjoyable method. "At the end, it was 100 percent".

Sunday's outing witnessed a welcome departure from the norm, as the game was played with a rare competitive spirit.

"Televise it", DeMar DeRozan of Team Stephen said of the draft.

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Jimmy Butler didn't play after being selected for the fourth time.

The Trail Blazers' star point guard has been snubbed from the previous two All-Star teams, and he has been among the first to talk about the disappointment.

Curry emerged late in the term to take his tallies to 11 points, five assists and six rebounds but has endured a tough shooting night. Embiid said he conversed with "all of the guys" on Team Stephen, but singled out his conversations with the Minnesota Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns, the Houston Rockets' James Harden and the Warriors' Draymond Green.

The 84-year-old, 11-time National Basketball Association champion sat in the front row of the Staples Center press room as league commissioner Adam Silver fielded a question about a conservative talk show hosts comments that two high-profile stars should "shut up and dribble". According to ESPN, when Irving asked the Cavs for a trade last July, he did so in large part because he "was exhausted of being Robin to James' Batman". Washington's Bradley Beal scored 14 points, Miami's Goran Dragic had two and Indiana's Victor Oladipo got seven. But it was all in the background when the players went to work on court. Cousins missed the game because of a season-ending Achilles injury. So if James is dead-set on making Los Angeles his next professional home, then the Clippers could present themselves as a better alternative to the Lakers.

As we waited for tip-off we were treated to a freaky pre-game skit/performance led by Kevin Hart that also featured actor Adam DeVine, Queen Latifah, Rob Riggle and Ludacris.

The All-Star weekend was held in Hollywood for a record sixth time.

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