National Basketball Association to change All-Star Game from East vs. West to playground rules

Rosalie Stanley
October 4, 2017

The league said Tuesday the two starters with the highest fan vote totals from each conference will choose teams from the pool of players who were voted as starters and reserves.

Changes are coming to the NBA All-Star Game this season, tweaks that ought to make the annual exhibition more watchable. In total, there will still be 12 All-Stars from each conference. "We're looking forward to putting on an entertaining show in L.A.", Paul said.

Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder reacts with James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets during practice for the 2017 NBA All-Star Game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 18, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The captains for both teams will each be the All-Star starter from each conference who gets the most fan votes. The new rules mean it's still possible we could see Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James on the same All-Star team next year.

Paul, a nine-time All-Star, watched last year's game from home, and the day after the game, he reached out to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver expressing need for a change to the game.

Now while the actual game format will be different, the voting process will remain unchanged.

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Depending on how the captains decide to select their teams, the two star players may never have to be teammates in an NBA All-Star Game again.

The NBA announced that format of East mix-West mix competition in ALL-Star organization has changed.

After the two teams combined for an All-Star Game record 374 points in last season's showdown between the two conferences, National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver said he wanted to see changes so players treated it close to the way they would a regular-season game.

Point of education for referees this season include continuation calls, especially perimeter jump shots in which screens are involved.

This new All-Star game format is interesting.

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