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Wizards’ Bradley Beal says televising the All-Star draft is ‘dumb’

Bradley Beal

The NBA announced the results of the 2019 All-Star Draft on Thursday. This was the second year the teams were selected via a draft, and the first year that the draft was televised. Last week, Wizards guard Bradley Beal told reporters he wasn’t a fan of the league’s decision.

In the new draft format, the two leading vote-getters, LeBron James of the Lakers and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Bucks, are the team captains. James had the first pick and the two alternated until the sixth pick, where the two switched their order. Beal was selected by Team LeBron with his twelfth pick, the last selection overall.

The league implemented the draft format last season, and many fans were happy with the change. However, many were disappointed that the draft took place in private.

This season, the NBA responded by televising the entire draft, and their decision to do so was generally well-received. The televised draft proved entertaining, as James and Antetokounmpo even completed the first trade in the two-year history of the All-Star Draft on air.

The same day, as his comments expressing his opinions about the draft, Beal told reporters he didn’t care where he was selected.

Last year, the draft order was kept entirely private by the league. After the game, James revealed the order in which he selected his starters. Opposing captain Stephen Curry remained silent about his selections.

The 2019 NBA All-Star Game will be held in Charlotte on February 17. The game will air at 8:00 PM EST on TNT.