The NBA has brought in some changes to their All-Star game that could create some very interesting storylines, as it has moved into a more of a classic pickup game rather than conference vs conference style game.
The 2018 All-Star game will not be Eastern and Western Conference battling it out. Instead, two captains will select their teams from a pool of 24 All-Stars in a playground-style draft. The captains will be the players who win the most fan votes in their respective conferences.
If this style of All-Star game applied for last season, Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors would have been captain of the Western Conference, while Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James would have been captain of the Eastern Conference.
This brings up an interesting possible storyline for this coming season's All-Star after the speculated breakdown in the relationship between James and Kyrie Irving, resulting in the latter being traded to the Boston Celtics.
So with the possibility of the Cavaliers star being a captain of one team if he tops the All-Star voting again, would he select his former teammate to be a part of his team? Or would he go for Curry instead if he was available? Cavs' Kevin Love was given the tough task of answering that question.
Love said according to Cleveland.com's Chris Fedor: "Ooh. It depends on how far, I guess, how far he's picked. You know he's going to pick ... we talked about peanut butter and jelly this week and maybe the banana boat guys, so, we'll see what happens. I know that he'll have some fun with it.
"If he wants to, he has a future in this league of being on that side of basketball operations and I'd imagine he would put together a hell of a team. So, it just depends. If we need shooting, both (Curry and Irving) are there. If we need ball handling, distributing, both guys are there. That's tough. That's a tossup."
It's a tough call to make, but Irving and James' relationship from this past summer will be brought up if he isn't selected by the Cavaliers icon to be part of his All-Star team if the opportunity to do so presents itself.
Love certainly agreed that the new selection process is going to create a lot of excitement, making the whole process and All-Star weekend more interesting to watch.
He said: "It is an elite fraternity in this league. I think it's the two leading vote-getters from each side, right? And then they'll be picking their teammates or their boys and it will be like out on the blacktop in grade school back in the day. So, it will be fun."News Now - Sport News