NBA To Change All-Star Game Format

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According to USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt, the National Basketball Association will eliminate conference designations for the actual All-Star Game and have two captains, the leading vote-getters from each conference, pick their teams.

The NBA has eliminated the traditional Eastern Conference vs. "We're looking forward to putting on an entertaining show in L.A.", Paul said. Although the captains are divided by conference, they are not forced to pick players from the same conference as themselves.

The NBA also announced that each team will be able to choose a charity where donations from the game will be directed.

For example, if LeBron James is one of the team captains, he can select Stephen Curry or Draymond Green if they are named to the All-Star Game.

In other changes, the two All-Star teams will each select a Los Angeles-based charity that it will play for. The voters will still keep the same privileges as well, with fans making up 50% of voting for the starters, and current players (25%) and media (25%) making up the rest.

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Paul made sure NBPA executive director Michele Roberts got involved, and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan, the president of the league's labor relations committee, fostered further discussion.

The process for selecting the 24 All-Stars will remain the same, with 12 players from each conference earning spots.

More details about how All-Star captains can draft their teams are expected to be released at a later date. Both teams shot 56 percent in the game.

Teams are prohibited from resting healthy players in high-profile national TV games, and teams are not supposed to rest multiple healthy players for the same game or rest healthy players on the road.

In recent years, the All-Star Game has lost its appeal to a lot of fans.

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