In an attempt to revitalize the game the NBA has decided to do away with the East vs. West and just have the players ball…… They will have two coaches that will select players for their squad regardless of conference affiliation.
According to AMPtoday.com:
The NBA and National Basketball Players Association announced the new format on Tuesday, and the Los Angeles contest on Feb. 18 will be the first NBA All-Star Game that is not East vs. West.
“I’m thrilled with what the players and the league have done to improve the All-Star Game, which has been a priority for all of us,” NBPA president and Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul said in a statement. “We’re looking forward to putting on an entertaining show in L.A.”
The winner will also donate to a Los Angeles-based or national charity where donations can help the Los Angeles area.
The new format is an attempt to bring back some competitiveness to the NBA’s February showcase that has devolved into a dunk contest, layup drill and three-point shootout. The winning team scored 192 points in the 2017 game and 196 in the 2016 game.