The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) have reached an agreement to change the format of the annual NBA All-Star Game.
For the first time ever, the All-Star game won’t be a match-up between the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference, instead, a draft will be made by two captains who will make their selections without considering conference affiliation from a pool of players voted as starters and reserves.
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The new format is likely to produce two strong, near equal teams, bringing an end to the dominance of the Western Conference who have won six of the last seven All-Star games.
The 67th NBA All-Star Game will be played at Staples Centre on Sunday, February 18, with the proceeds from the game going towards charity.