Most NBA players and fans will agree that this year’s All-Star format was a success, with the only issue being the All-Star Draft being held behind closed doors. A number All-Stars, including LeBron James, have publicly said that they felt the draft should have been televised and it looks like next year they’ll get their wish.
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After last night’s game, in which LeBron led his team to a 148-145 victory with 29 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, NBA commissioner Adam Silver told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne that the league will likely televise next year’s All-Star draft.
“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 ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. “But then … maybe we’re overly conservative because then we came out 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.”
Last week Silver mentioned that Steph Curry was one the players who did not want the draft to be televised, saying, “Let’s see how it goes, and then we can talk about televising it.'” However, after seeing how everything played out it appears a majority players feel the 2019 All-Star Draft should be open to the public.
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Raptors shooting guard DeMar DeRozan told reporters,
“Televise it. Give the people what they want to see. I think everybody wants to see it. At the end 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.”
The 2019 NBA All-Star festivities will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina.