The NBA and National Basketball Players Association have reached an agreement to televise the 2019 All-Star Game draft, a person familiar with the decision told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly until the announcement was made official.
Starting last season, the top fan vote-getter from each conference selected their All-Star teams – it’s no longer East vs. West – and it turned into a success. The game was more competitive and went down to the wire, with Team LeBron (James) beating Team Steph (Curry), 148-145.
But the draft itself wasn’t televised – much to the chagrin of media and fans – and the full order of the picks wasn’t disclosed, though James and Curry later revealed some of their selections.
Since last season was the first time team captains selected their All-Star squads – after fans, media members, players and coaches selected the pool of All-Stars – the league and NBPA were hesitant to televise the draft in an effort to protect players’ feelings. Both sides wanted to see how it played out before televising it.
After James and Curry selected their teams in January, they supported televising the draft, and following the All-Star Game, NBA commissioner Adam Silver hinted that it would be televised in 2019.
The New York Times first reported Wednesday's news.
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