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NBA makes major revamp to 2018 All-Star game format

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The NBA has decided to implement major changes to the format for this year's All-Star game.

After discussions with the National Basketball Players' Association (NBPA), they agreed to scrap the East vs West matchup that has traditionally seen the best players from the respective conferences go head to head.

The league announced on Tuesday that the captains will be the All-Star starter from each conference who receives the most fan votes in his conference.

They will be able to select their teams regardless of which conferences they play in. There will still be 12 players selected from each conference for the game in Los Angeles on February 18.

Five from each conference will be selected as starters, with the votes split between the fans (50 percent), players (25 percent) and media (25 percent).

Seven reserves for each team will be picked by each conference's head coaches. The new system will allow for stars from the same conference to square off as well as current teammates.

Last season, LeBron James led the fan voting in the east and Steph Curry in the west and there is a huge chance that they will do so again and become the team captains.

After complaints were made about the lack of competitive edge in last year's All-Star game, commissioner Adam Silver admitted that they were looking into the possibility of making some changes to make it a more enjoyable spectacle for fans.

Houston Rockets superstar and NBPA president Chris Paul was a big advocate for a change in the system and has been in discussions with Silver in recent years in a joint effort to improve the showpiece event.

"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," Paul said. "We're looking forward to putting on an entertaining show in L.A."

In another new feature, the two teams will also be playing for charity. Each team will select a Los Angeles-area charity or national organisation where donations will be used to support local efforts, the league said.

Voting for the All-Star game will open on Christmas Day, with the starters, captains and reserves all being named in late January.

The process for determining the head coaches will remain unchanged with those whose teams clinch the best record in their respective conferences two weeks before the All-Star Game earning the nod.

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr and Brad Stevens of the Boston Celtics will be ineligible as they coached last year.

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Cleveland Cavaliers
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