After much talked-about disappointment regarding this year's All-Star draft not being televised, it appears that the NBA is ready to make a change.
League commissioner Adam Silver told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne following Team LeBron's victory over Team Stephen in the All-Star Game Sunday night, that next year's draft is likely to 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 per cent positive into a potential negative to any player," Silver said. "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."
For this year's draft, LeBron James and Stephen Curry, the captains for their respective squads as the leading vote-getters in the Eastern and Western Conferences, respectively, selected rosters from the pool of All-Stars in a private fashion. James has since revealed his first four picks: Kevin Durant, then Anthony Davis, followed by Kyrie Irving, and DeMarcus Cousins, who did not play Sunday because of an injury.
DeMar DeRozan, who was a member of Team Stephen was just one of many players to voice their support for a televised draft.
Televise it," DeRozan said of the draft. "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."
Next year's All-Star Game will be held in Charlotte Feb. 19.