The Fault In All-Stars

Inside Sport - - PUNTER’S CHANCE -

Ašer a steady de­vo­lu­tion to sloppy, ex­hi­bi­tion-game-level sta­tus, some­thing needed to be done to rein­vig­o­rate the NBA All-Star Game (Feb 19). The league’s first aˆempt at a so­lu­tion: fan­tasy draš! In­stead of the east-ver­sus-west for­mat, we’ll now have the lead­ing All-Star vote-geˆers – in this case, LeBron James (right) and Stephen Curry – pick­ing sides from the pool of 24 play­ers who make it to the NBA’s mid­sea­son show­case. Let the awk­ward slights, un­ex­pected bro­mances and per­sonal beefs com­mence!The other, beˆer rea­son to watch the game: the first-timers step­ping into the spot­light at Los An­ge­les’ Sta­ples Cen­tre. Un­for­tu­nately for Aus­tralia, favourite son Ben Sim­mons missed out (he’ll get his chance even­tu­ally). But in­trigu­ing, young tal­ents such as Joel Em­biid, Karl-An­thony Towns and Kristaps Porzingis will be there, sig­nalling the gen­er­a­tional shiš un­der way in the NBA.

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