CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – LeBron James and Steph Curry will square off in Los Angeles at the 2018 NBA All-Star game as captains of their respective squads.
The NBA has changed the format for this year’s game eliminating the East vs. West designations in favor of a draft format, similar to the one the NFL adopted for a brief period of time for the Pro Bowl.
James has the first pick in the draft as the leading vote getter overall, while Curry has first choice of jersey color, due to the Western Conference having home team status for the game.
“I’m going to try to build the best team I can,” James said. “I don’t play fantasy anything. And I don’t trade guys onto teams when I play 2K or play the video games so this is different for me. But I know watching guys and loving their game and all that, if you had an opportunity to play with that guy, how special that would be.”
James said he’s already thought about who he will select first but declined to reveal who that will be.
“I’m not telling you,” James responded when asked who he’ll pick.
James’ answer when asked if him and Curry serving as captains added another layer to their rivalry was also brief. “No,” he said.
Boston’s Kyrie Irving, Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan, Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid and Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo were also chosen as starters from the East while Golden State’s Kevin Durant, Houston’s James Harden and New Orleans teammates Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins were also chosen as starters from the West.
They’ll choose from a player pool that includes the eight other starters, with no regard to conference designation, and 14 reserves (seven from each conference), chosen by NBA head coaches.
The All-Star reserves will be announced on Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. and the roster will be revealed two days later on Jan 25 at 7 p.m.