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Adam Silver reveals that the new All-Star Draft will not be televised

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With the All-Star game losing its appeal in recent years due to the lack of competitiveness on the floor, the NBA has decided to change things up this season by introducing a revamp.

For the first time in the history of the showpiece event, there will not be a matchup between the east and the west.

Instead, players will be selected into teams by two captains in a playground-style format. The captains will be the two players who receive the most votes in their respective conferences.

You can vote for your favourite players as NBA All-Stars every day HERE. Voting closes on January 15th.

They will then select from the pool of All-Stars that are chosen as starters and reserves.

In the second return of fan votes announced yesterday, LeBron James and Stephen Curry are the leading vote-getters and will be the designated captains if it stays this way.

For many people, the new draft process is arguably the most intriguing aspect of the league's new format as there's an interest to see who picks who.

There will be a huge focus on whether LeBron selects his former teammate Kyrie Irving, for example, as he departed for the Boston Celtics in the summer as he reportedly no longer wanted to play with the King.

Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics

It would also be interesting to see if Curry chooses to team up former Oklahoma City Thunder buddies Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. There are definitely a number of interesting subplots that can come from it.

With that in mind, there are many who are calling for the NBA to televise the draft in order for fans to see exactly how things unfold.

But unfortunately, they'll be left disappointed as commissioner Adam Silver confirmed that will not be the case.

"Should there be a public selection? Yes, it would be more fun if we had that kind of draft. On the other hand, I recognize that in picking a team to perform in the here and now, it's a little different than drafting," he told NBA TV.

"There was a sense from the players that it put them in an impossible position, where they're picking one player over another—in part, not because they necessarily think that player is better than another player, maybe because they have a personal relationship with the player.

"Invariably, if they just did it as a pure draft, guys would say, 'Oh, I can't believe such and such was selected before that player'...

"The goal was to improve the All-Star Game, not put a cherry on top of the cake."

Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors

In recent weeks, both James and John Wall had championed for the draft to be aired as they believe it wouldn't cause any problems between players.

But it's clear that the league wants to avoid any unnecessary controversy around the festivities and have chosen to keep the selections private which will come as a bit of an anti-climax to the fans.

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Cleveland Cavaliers
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Kevin Durant
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Northwest Division
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Golden State Warriors
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