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LeBron James wants the new All-Star draft process to be televised

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In an effort to spice up the competitiveness of the All-Star game, the NBA has decided to introduce a new format this season.

For the first time in the showpiece event's history, there will not be an East vs West matchup. Instead, 12 players will be selected from each conference and be chosen by two team captains in a draft system.

That will allow players from difference conferences to play with each other and teammates to square off.

In the eyes of many, the All-Star draft is the most intriguing aspect of the NBA's changes as it could potentially create storylines around who picks who.

The two leading vote-getters from their respective conferences will be the captains. Last year, LeBron James and Stephen Curry received the most votes.

As yet, the league hasn't decided whether to air the All-Star draft selections but they are leaning towards having it done in private to avoid any controversy, according to ESPN's Rachel Nichols.

LeBron, however, doesn't see a problem with the selections being televised and believes it will add a certain level of interest around the game that has been lacking in recent years.

"We're all grown men," James said, per's Joe Vardon. "It doesn't stop your paycheck from coming. It won't stop you from playing time when the season starts. Trying to win. Listen, just trying to win in the All-Star Game. You want to get the best player, the best caliber of player.

"You're going to have some type of faithfulness, obviously, to your teammates. But also you want to compete. That's when our game is watched the most, in All-Star weekend. That's when all the countries come in, that's when everybody is paying attention.

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"Sunday hasn't been so well the last few years and we want to try to make it much better."

A league official told ESPN's Nichols that a decision is yet to be finalized but it's likely that it will be kept off camera to ease the pressure on the captains.

In the case of James, people will be extremely interested to see if he chooses former teammate Kyrie Irving after he departed the Cleveland Cavaliers in the summer amid a breakdown in their relationship.

But with the four-time MVP in favor of making the choices public, the league may well have to reconsider how they want it to play out.

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