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Better late than never.
After whiffing and missing an opportunity to cash in on the popularity of televising captains LeBron James and Steph Curry drafting their respective All-Star squads last season, it will indeed happen this season.
According to Marc Stein of The New York Times, the NBA and the NBA Players Association have agreed to broadcast the captains of the Eastern and Western Conference squads selecting their teams in late January for the 2019 All-Star Game, which will be held in Charlotte.
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) November 7, 2018
“What’s bad about it? It’s All-Star Weekend,” James told reporters before Wednesday night’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves when asked if broadcasting 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.”
James said he had fun with the draft-selection process.
“It was great, me and Steph, we had a great time drafting on the phone just picking,” James, now in the Western Conference having signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Lakers after having spent the last four seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers. “Fantasy basketball for us. It was fun.”
James said the personalities of the two captains will play in a part in how captivating the broadcast of the draft will be.
“I think, obviously, there are certain personalities that can add to it,” James said. “But it all depends how much the captains are going to get into it, as far as their draft boards. We’ll see.”