After the league faced nonstop criticism for not televising the 2018 NBA All-Star Draft, Adam Silver made a major announcement on 2/19/2018.
According to multiple sources, the 2019 NBA All-Star Draft will likely be televised. The fans, media, and players have gotten what they wished for. Adam Silver continues to listen to the people, and give the league what it needs to continue to be the best league in sports.
When the league and player union met to discuss this All-Star game format, neither side wanted it to turn into negative feelings for any players. However, the players have made it clear that it just matters that they are All-Stars, and not where they are drafted amongst their peers.
This was the first year the NBA decided to use a draft format for the All-Star game, and Team Steph and Team LeBron did not disappoint. Although they were not supposed to reveal their order of draft selections, those were quickly released, and the media dissected them.
Team LeBron did lose 4 of its potential players due to injuries. This might be why LeBron James wants to have the draft the night before the event. Although watching DeMarcus Cousins, Kristaps Porzingis, John Wall, and Kevin Love would have been fun, the replacements for Team LeBron really stepped it up to help the team get a victory.
As we look forward to next season’s All-Star Draft in Charlotte, North Carolina, the headlines will be aplenty. Team Steph and Team LeBron were great leaders, but I would love to see the budding rivalry of a Team Embiid vs Team Westbrook, as that would lead to another intense, fun game to watch.