Adam Silver Says NBA All-Star Game Was 'Incredible,' 2019 Draft Likely Televised

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistFebruary 19, 2018

National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver speaks to the media during All-Star basketball game festivities, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
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NBA commissioner Adam Silver has heard the complaints from fans and players: The 2019 NBA All-Star draft will likely be televised. 

"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 of 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."

LeBron James and Stephen Curry captained the two All-Star teams in a new format, which saw them select players fantasy-draft style. James had 29 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists to lead Team LeBron to a 148-145 victory.

"I thought it was incredible. I can't tell you how appreciative I am of the players," Silver said of the new format.

The NBA chose to not televise the draft or have the order of the selections made public. James and Curry were required to pick from the eight other All-Star starters before taking the reserves. LeBron revealed he selected, in order, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, Kyrie Irving and DeMarcus Cousins, who missed the game due to an Achilles injury.

Team LeBron lost four players from its original roster overall. Kristaps Porzingis, John Wall and Kevin Love also missed the game. 

"I know who I like watching. I know who I like watching and I had a draft board. I had a process. Some of it went to—it almost went according to plan. A couple of them fell through, but I was satisfied and happy with all the guys that I got," James told reporters.

"Even with the four guys that got injured we were able to get four new guys that came in and played well for us."

Curry and James both agreed after they drafted that it should have been televised. However, Silver previously revealed on ESPN's The Jump that Curry initially did not want to televise the draft. 

"I agree with Steph," Silver said.  "He was the one who said, 'Give us a break. We changed the format for the first time. Let's see how it goes, and then we can talk about televising it.'"

Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan also spoke out after the game and said he wants the league to televise future drafts.

"Televise it," DeRozan told reporters. "Give the people what they want to see. I think everybody wants to see it. At the end of 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 All-Star Game will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

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