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NBA All-Star captains will pick teams playground-style just before tipoff

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The NBA takes the revamped All-Star Game format to the next level.

league and NBPA announced On Tuesday, the captains will select their teams from the All-Stars pool in a pre-game draft right before kickoff — just like on the playground. The draft will take place at 7:30 pm ET on February 19 at the Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City. The game must end at 20:00.

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It looks like LeBron James and likely Giannis Antetokounmpo will have to look the players in the eye as some of them remain unselected at the end of the process.

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The Pregame Draft is an update to the All-Star format adopted by the league in 2018. Until this year, the game always clashed between the Eastern Conference All-Star Game and the Western Conference All-Star Game. Starting in 2018, whoever received the most votes in each conference was elected captain, and then the captains chose the teams. But so far, they’ve done it in a studio segment that aired on TNT a few weeks before the game.

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James has captained every season of the new format. He also posted a 5-0 record with his selected teams. He garnered an overwhelming majority in the Western Conference over Stephen Curry in the final ballot announced on January 19. Antetokounmpo, meanwhile, had a slight lead in the East over Kevin Durant, who has been sidelined with a knee injury since January. nine.

Fan-selected captains and starters will be announced on Thursday.

James will face pressure to select Los Angeles Lakers teammate Anthony Davis if Davis is named an All-Star and healthy enough to play. He has been sidelined with a leg injury since 23 December. Meanwhile, no one likes to be chosen last, especially in front of a crowd.

This should be fun and could provide some game motivation for players who have just picked a late pick.

Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James are back as All-Star captains.  (Kyle Terada/Reuters)
Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James are back as All-Star captains. (Kyle Terada/Reuters)



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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