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NBA changes All-Star game format

The NBA has scrapped the East v West format for the 2018 All-Star Game in Los Angeles.

The league on Tuesday announced a number of changes to the format of the game and confirmed there will be no Eastern Conference v Western Conference clash next year.

Instead, two fan-voted captains will select their teams regardless of the players’ conference affiliation — though each conference will still have 12 players in the overall pool.

“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,” NBPA president Chris Paul of the Houston Rockets said in a statement. “We’re looking forward to putting on an entertaining show in LA.”

In addition to playing for bragging rights, the winning team will also donate to a Los Angeles-based or national charity of its choice.

“We’re excited about the new All-Star format and appreciate the players’ willingness to try something new,” NBA president of league operations Byron Spruell said.

The 2018 All-Star Game is scheduled to take place on February 18 at the Staples Center. Fans can cast their votes from Christmas Day, before the All-Star Game starters and captains are revealed on January 18 and reserves on January 23.


Ajike is one of Nigeria's top Sportscasters with over 15 years of experience in writing and talking Sports.

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