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- LeBron James and Stephen Curry drafted their All-Star teams on Thursday as part of the NBA’s new All-Star format.
- Afterward, LeBron James and Curry both agreed that the draft should have been televised, which many in the NBA world wanted when the new format was announced.
- The NBA had reportedly planned to televise the draft, but decided not to after the players union expressed some concern.
LeBron James and Stephen Curry took part in the NBA’s new All-Star draft format, and immediately had some fun at the league’s expense afterward.
The NBA announced in the offseason that it would be implementing a new All-Star Game format, in which players would still be chosen the same way, but afterward, the two players with the most votes would be captains and pick their teams, playground-style.
The decision was immediately popular throughout the NBA world, as fans and media alike discussed who would pick who.
However, in the run-up to the draft, the NBA announced that it would not televise the draft, instead choosing to announce the teams after James and Curry (the captains) picked their squads. The decision was unpopular. Both fans, media, and even some players griped about not getting to see the draft.
The NBPA told SB Nation that there was some concern amongst the players about the draft being shown live. According to The New York Times’ Marc Stein, the NBA planned to televise the draft but decided not to after hearing from the players union.
So, after picking his team (still unknown at the time of this writing), James trolled the NBA.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) January 25, 2018
And Curry agreed:
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) January 25, 2018
With such strong fan support, and now the league’s two biggest stars, it’s hard to imagine that we won’t get to see the event next year.