The NBA has made drastic changes to this year's All-Star game with an interesting new format in place.
For the first time in the showpiece event's history, there will not be an Eastern Conference vs Western Conference showdown.
Instead, the two players who receive the most votes in their respective conferences will become captains and select their teams from a pool of 24 All-Stars in a playground-style format.
There will still be 12 players each from the east and west and it adds a level of intrigue to the occasion to see who picks who.
The new system has largely been well received and the league has been praised for trying to breathe new life into the star-studded game following criticism from fans and media in recent years.
In New Orleans last season, the stars on show produced a record score of 192-182 and many bemoaned the lack of defence and intensity shown in the game.
Commissioner Adam Silver decided to hold discussions with the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) and its president Chris Paul in an effort to make the game more exciting for fans.
With the revamp, the league has shown it is willing to take on feedback in order to put on the best product for its fans.
But Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr believes they have missed a trick by not including one further change.
“I think it really would have been interesting if they would have picked 24 All-Stars total,” Kerr said. “And not necessarily made it 12 from each side.
"If they really wanted to do it and get the 24 best players, maybe that would have been the way to go, but I respect the fact that the league is looking to alter the format, trying to make it better. I think it’s good.”
The actual alterations made by the NBA may divide opinions, but everybody seems to be happy that the league is at least trying to do something different.
There's no telling whether the game itself will be more competitive, which is what it ultimately comes down to, but it has certainly added more interest for this year's edition in Los Angeles.
"I think it's great, it adds some more excitement," Warriors All-Star Draymond Green said. "I think the All-Star Game last year was pretty boring.
"So I think for the league office, Adam Silver, Michael Levine, and all those guys to take a look at that and say it's something else we need to do to bring some excitement to it, I think that's great.
"I think that definitely adds some excitement. Talking [about] the draft, all these different things, that's pretty unique, so I'm not sure how it turns out but I think it's a fantastic idea."News Now - Sport News