For the second time, NBA captains will draft All-Star teams before the game is played in 2019. For the first time, the draft will be televised, the New York Times reported Wednesday.
Five starters from the East and five from the West will be selected as per tradition by fan balloting. Captains to be named will choose teams to fill out the rosters.
The NBA opted not to televise the draft in 2018, when Stephen Curry and LeBron James served as team captains. Both players disclosed their decisions to media members over time.
James said immediately after the draft the process should have been televised and repeated his support Wednesday.
“What’s bad about it? It’s All-Star Weekend,” James said when asked if televising the captains’ choices would be a good thing. “You got 24 of the best players in the world that’s going to make the team. It doesn’t matter if you’re first or last, you’re 24 of the best in the world at that point in time. I don’t think it’ll be bad. We’ll see.”
Commissioner Adam Silver hinted at the 2018 All-Star Game that the 2019 draft, ahead of the game played in Charlotte, should be televised.
The NBA Players Association ultimately agreed, the NY Times reported, and has investigated optional dates for the event with Jan. 30 or Jan. 31 as the most likely options.
—Field Level Media