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Hopefully the new NBA All-Star Game format brings awkwardness among ex-teammates

The potential is certainly there.

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The first thing I thought when I learned of the new NBA All-Star Game format yesterday was, “I hope things get weird.”

For the uniformed, the Association is ditching the East/West format that fans have been familiar with since the mid-season exhibition was first played in Boston 66 years ago.

Instead, we get team captains who will then choose from a pool of players that have been chosen by the players, fans, media, and coaches.

No consideration has to be given to conference. That means LeBron can and should pass on Kyrie in the most disrespectful way possible. Steph can skip KD or the other way around. Devin Booker can make a new enemy now that he has to be cordial with Troy Daniels, or he can co-sign on Josh Jackson’s beef with Curry, which I’m really trying to hope into existence.

Other fans have allowed themselves to dream about the new opportunities this format could offer. They’ve brought jokes.

The Junkyard Dog made a good point about the pettiness that is sure to ensue when we get around to picking players next year, even if he was mistaken on how the pool of players will be constructed.

Our Sreekar was quick to correct him.

I am fully supportive of any and all changes to the NBA All-Star Game that may make a completely meaningless game more fun. It’s entertaining in its current format, but this has a lot of potential. What do you think? What would you like to see when it comes time to choose sides?

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