The NBA and NBA Players Association have agreed to have the draft for the upcoming All-Star Game televised.
According to a report in the New York Times, two individuals familiar with the plans have revealed as much in news that should leave fans somewhat excited ahead of the event.
The league altered the format for the All-Star game last season due to concerns that the showpiece was lacking in entertainment. Fans are still able to choose the starters from the two conferences, but instead of splitting the teams by region, the player who gets the most votes from each conference is named captain and gets to choose any of the 11 All-Stars for his team.
However, captains have to select their starting lineups from the remaining pool of eight fan-voted stars and not from the 14 reserves chosen by NBA coaches.
LeBron James and Steph Curry were captains last season and they both showed agreed that the lottery should televised after the 2018 game, having chosen their squads via a conference call.
“When we sat with the union and we came up with this format, we all agreed, let’s not turn something that’s 100 percent positive into a potential negative to any player," NBA commissioner Adam Silver told ESPN Radio in the wake of Team LeBron's victory.
“But then, maybe we’re overly conservative because then we came out of there, and the players were: ‘We can take it. We’re All-Stars. Let’s have a draft.’ So it sounds like we’re going to have a televised draft next year.”
“Televise it," DeMar DeRozan added. Give the people what they want to see. I think everybody wants to see it. At the end of the day, every single person that gets picked, you are an All-Star, so it doesn’t matter where you really go, so I think televise it.”
There were also concerns over players feeling embarrassed if they get picked last. But, so far, no one has suggested that they might take it hard.
Last time out, final pick came down to LaMarcus Aldridge and Al Horford, LeBron opted to go with the San Antonio Spurs big man, leaving Horford for Curry.
“It’s fine,” Horford insisted afterwards. “Guys have to understand something, just because - I mean, you’re being picked last out of 24 players, right? Twenty-four elite players that are All-Stars.
"People are always going to talk whether you deserve to be here, or you do not deserve to be here. At the end of the day, we’re just having fun with it.
“It really reminds me of back in the day when you were in the schoolyard and you were picking teams. Maybe you would have taken it a little harder then but now? Come on.”
Meanwhile, no date has been selected for the draft but January 30 and 31 have been listed as two potential junctures for a broadcast on TNT. The NBA would have to take the availability of the captains, once they're identified, into consideration before choosing a date.