Stein: NBA plans to televise All-Star Game Draft this season


With respect to the Celtics, Jayson Tatum seems to have a shot at being named to his first All-Star team this season, while Kyrie Irving, who's played in five of the last six All-Star Games, seems a lock.

However, captains LeBron James and Stephen Curry both agreed after the draft that it should have been shown to the fans.

Once the National Basketball Association chose to ditch the classic East-West format for the annual All-Star game for a draft by two captions, everyone wanted one thing: for the draft itself to be televised.

The league caught some flack last season for not televising the draft.

The NBA and NBPA have agreed to televise the playground-style draft for the 2019 All-Star Game.

While a firm date and specific format for the televised draft has not yet been confirmed, January 30 and 31 have emerged as two potential targets for TNT broadcast.

The NBA's second annual All-Star draft will be televised.

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The league caught some flack last season for not televising the draft.

This should have been televised previous year, but better than late than never.

Perhaps the most interesting sublot of the All-Star voting is who will win the Western Conference captaincy between Curry and James. I don't think it'll be bad. James won the 2018 All-Star MVP as Team LeBron defeated Team Steph.

Still, expect King James to be the captain for the West with perhaps Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo being the captain of the East.

James also reflected on his experience picking teams alongside Golden State's Stephen Curry.

"I think, obviously, there are certain personalities that can add to it", James said.