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NBA makes big changes to the All-Star Game, abolishes East vs. West

Starting with the 2018 All-Star Game, two captains will now choose their teams regardless of conference

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Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson display their 2016 All-Star jerseys
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There’s been a lot of talk in recent years about how the NBA All-Star game might change to become more fun, and more competitive. Today, the league announced some steps that will hopefully accomplish that:

Getting rid of the East vs. West storyline will be a lot of fun. The opportunity to see Stephen Curry and LeBron James team up, or the hyper athletic duo of Russell Westbrook and Giannis Antetokounmpo play together, would be awesome for fans.

It’s important to note that while the teams will not be East vs. West, the 24 players selected will still be evenly split between conferences. That means it’s still going to be hard for players like Klay Thompson to make the game, given the conference talent disparity that only increased this year.

Still, this should make the All-Star Game a lot more fun. Plus, by adding captains, the possibility for rivals and grudges increases.

What if Kevin Durant or Westbrook is a captain? Would they pick each other? What about Curry and James?

Either way, it will be a lot of fun. If nothing else, it’s something new to look forward to.

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