Much was made about this year’s NBA All-Star Game and the draft that preceded it.
Much more was made about how that draft was not televised — as LeBron James and Steph Curry chose their sides in secret.
But next season, the secret is likely to be out, according to NBA commissioner Adam Silver.
“When we sat with the union and we came up with this format, we all agreed, let’s not turn something that’s 100 percent positive into a potential negative to any player,” Silver told reporters. “But then … maybe we’re overly conservative, because then we came out of there, and the players were, ‘We can take it. We’re All-Stars. Let’s have a draft.’ So it sounds like we’re going to have a televised draft next year.”
James’ team defeated Curry’s in 148-145 in one of the most exciting All-Star Games (at least at the finish) in recent memory. James was named MVP.
The players seemed to enjoy themselves more and appeared to approach the game more seriously.
Next year, perhaps, there will be even more motivation — with the players who are drafted later perhaps showing extra determination.
“Televise it,” said Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan. “Give the people what they want to see. I think everybody wants to see it. At the end of the day, every single person that gets picked, you are an All-Star, so it doesn’t matter where you really go, so I think televise it.”