The All-Star Game is fast approaching, and the Golden State Warriors are doing very well in the voting. Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant are the leading vote getters in the Western Conference, and it’s not particularly close.
Whoever gets the most votes in each conference will get to be the team captain, and pick his teammates from all the All-Stars, both East and West.
So it brings up the question: Do Curry and Durant want to be captains? As reported by Anthony Slater of The Athletic, one does and one doesn’t.
Curry sounded enthused at the idea, saying, “Why not? I’ll be the first to usher in the new system. I used to go to the playground all the time and you wanted to be the guy picking teams. That meant you were something on the court back in the day. It’ll be a cool vibe to see how it all shakes out and how unique you can make the lineups.”
Durant, on the other hand, was not on board. He said that, “I don’t want to do it. I’d rather somebody else do it. It’s cool to be an All-Star, but all the extra stuff … I just want to go play in the game. (The new format)’s cool, a different way, a creative way that’s good for the fans. But me, I’ll let somebody else pick the teams.”
With Curry wanting the captain spot, and Durant wanting to avoid it, there’s a clear solution, and Durant knows it. “I’m definitely going to Twitter tonight to get those Steph Curry #NBAVotes in,” Durant said. “Because he’d be a perfect guy to pick teams. Me on the other hand, don’t think I’ll do so well.”
Much to the dismay of many fans, the All-Star team selecting will not be televised. Curry and Durant also had different views of this. Curry thought the anonymity can help players avoid ridicule, while Durant thought it’s all in good fun and should be treated as such.
The All-Star Game takes place on February 18 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Curry and Durant will surely be there, and likely one or two other Dubs as well.