The Fault In All-Stars
Aer 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 aempt at a solution: fantasy dra! Instead of the east-versus-west format, we’ll now have the leading All-Star vote-geers – 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, beer 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 shi under way in the NBA.