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John Wall echoes LeBron James and says NBA should televise All-Star draft

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With growing concerns about the competitiveness of the All-Star game, the NBA announced a revamp of the showpiece event earlier in the season.

For the first time in the history of the occasion, there will not be an East vs West matchup. Instead, players from the same team and conference will be able to play against each other as the lineups will be selected via a draft format.

The two leading vote-getters will be chosen as captains and will be able to pick from the pool of All-Stars.

This aspect appears to be the most intriguing among fans and the media as there are some interesting sub-plots involved with the potential picks.

LeBron James has led the voting in the Eastern Conference for several years and is likely to be a captain.

As a result, everybody is immediately looking forward to seeing if he chooses to play with former teammate Kyrie Irving after the point guard departed the Cleveland Cavaliers in the summer amid a reported breakdown in their relationship.

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There will also be interest in the ongoing feud between Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant and whether they'll be featured on the same team or be deliberately kept apart.

But all of these potential storylines can only really become a talking point if the league decides to televise the draft process.

According to ESPN's Rachel Nichols, the NBA is leaning towards doing it in private in order to avoid any controversy.

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However, LeBron James recently stated that he believes it'll be in the best interest of the fans to air it.

Washington Wizards star John Wall has also weighed in on the matter and recently sided with the King.

"I think it should be televised," Wall said on NBC Sports Washington's "Wizards Tipoff" podcast.

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"If you made the All-Star Game, it should be televised who is going to be on what team. I don't think you should call them and then wait until everybody sees who will be an All-Star. They should let it be known. We're grown men, like (LeBron) said. If they ain't pick you, they ain't pick you."

If the top players are in favor of televising it, the NBA may be inclined to think twice about their plan and take their thoughts into consideration.

Things could get messy but it could work in the league's favor if it adds to the interest level of the game which has been decreasing over the years.

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