Paul George says captains picking teams probably bigger than All-Star Game
Earlier this week, the NBA announced the decision to alter the format for the 2018 NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles with teams now with two captains from the voted-in players in each conference choosing the rosters.
It will be the first time that the league will go this route with the All-Star Game, which was likely made to attract more attention to the event. However, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George believes that this change will wind up being a bigger deal than the game itself, according to Erik Horne of The Oklahoman.
Paul George on the new NBA All-Star Game format, says captains picking team will probably be bigger than the game: pic.twitter.com/RtmRoXPw4e
— Erik Horne (@ErikHorneOK) October 6, 2017
There is much truth to what George has stated as there will be plenty of attention being paid to what the two teams will look like regarding which players will take the court together. There are many variations of storylines that will form from that alone.
At the same time, this could bring back more buzz and excitement toward the game with the players now selecting the teams. It may see some intriguing pairings that would only otherwise happen in offseason pickup games or possibly the Olympics.
The NBA can do nothing but benefit from this decision as the increased draw will only add another unique element to the NBA All-Star Game. Only time will tell of how this new change will impact the event.