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With the NBA going the playground route for selecting sides for its All-Star Game, there is much intrigue regarding whom captains LeBron James and Steph Curry will select and, perhaps even more interesting, in what order.
The playground method of “I got him!” and then the other captain saying, “I’ll take him!” until all the guys are picked would be must-see TV.
In fact, the selection of sides would most likely draw higher television ratings than the game itself.
“Sure. I think that would be cool,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr told Bay Area News Group. “There’s no shame in being the last All-Star picked. You’re still an All-Star.”
However, the NBA will not televise the selection of the players, a decision made by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.
Curry admits not seeing how players react to the picks on camera might not be a bad thing.
“I’ve always been a proponent of protecting the players,” he said. “I know that’s the unpopular position in this day and age. We’re all grown men and we can handle it.”
The game’s reserves will be announced by the NBA on Tuesday, chosen by the league’s coaches. Then, Curry and James will take part in a conference call with all of the participants.
The NBA will release the makeup of the teams Thursday.
Curry said he’s taking a wait-and-see approach to the new format on how teams are chosen.
“We’re All-Stars and what not,” he said. “But we want to see how the whole format goes the first time so it’s presented in the right light. It is an extreme honor to be an All-Star.
“It sounds great that there won’t be any memes or gifs, whatever it is. Whatever the case is, you wont be ridiculed for being an All-Star.
“You got to see how it plays out the first time around.”
Curry believes the selections will be televised, eventually.
“I’m sure as this new format unfolds year after year, that’ll happen,” he said. “But it won’t be this first time around.”
How will the player selected last react?
“Whoever is picking you, that’s the way it happens,” Curry said. “You have no choice, but to pick somebody last.”
For his part, Kerr hopes the change adds some competitiveness to the actual game. The West defeated the East, 192-182, in a game that featured almost zero defense.
“The main thing for me, honestly, is I want the guys to play a little bit harder,” Kerr said. “The stuff leading up to it is always fun, but the game has kind of gotten away from us the last few years.
“It doesn’t need to be Game 7 of The Finals intense. But it needs to be a basketball game again. I would hope the guys will take that to heart and make it a better game.”