All-Star draft re­port­edly to be tele­vised

Business World - - Worldsports - LOS AN­GE­LES LAK­ERS for­ward LeBron James drives to the bas­ket against Min­nesota Tim­ber­wolves player Jimmy But­ler in the first half at Sta­ples Cen­ter.

LOS AN­GE­LES — For the sec­ond time, NBA cap­tains will draft All-Star teams be­fore the game is played in 2019. For the first time, the draft will be tele­vised, the New York Times re­ported Wed­nes­day.

Five starters from the East and five from the West will be se­lected as per tra­di­tion by fan bal­lot­ing. Cap­tains to be named will choose teams to fill out the ros­ters.

The NBA opted not to tele­vise the draft in 2018, when Stephen Curry and LeBron James served as team cap­tains. Both play­ers dis­closed their de­ci­sions to me­dia mem­bers over time. James said im­me­di­ately af­ter the draft the process should have been tele­vised and re­peated his sup­port Wed­nes­day.

“What’s bad about it? It’s All-Star Week­end,” James said when asked if tele­vis­ing the cap­tains’ choices would be a good thing. “You got 24 of the best play­ers in the world that’s go­ing to make the team. It doesn’t mat­ter if you’re first or last, you’re 24 of the best in the world at that point in time. I don’t think it’ll be bad. We’ll see.”

DRAYMOND GREEN Golden State for­ward Draymond Green has been ruled out of the War­riors’ Thurs­day home show­down with the Milwaukee Bucks be­cause of a sprained right big toe, coach Steve Kerr told re­porters af­ter prac­tice.

Green sus­tained the in­jury Mon­day against the Mem­phis Griz­zlies. Kerr said Green’s sta­tus is day-to-day.

Green will be sit­ting out a con­test in which his trade­mark stel­lar de­fense surely will be needed as the War­riors try to slow Bucks star Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo, who is av­er­ag­ing 25.8 points, 13.3 re­bounds, and 5.9 as­sists.

DWYANE WADE

Mi­ami sixth man Dwyane Wade didn’t suit up for the Heat’s Wed­nes­day night game against the San An­to­nio Spurs, the first time he missed a game this sea­son.

The Heat said Wade’s ab­sence is due to per­sonal rea­sons.

Wade came off the bench for Mi­ami in each of the first nine games this sea­son and is av­er­ag­ing 14.3 points, 4.0 re­bounds and 2.9 as­sists while shoot­ing 45 per­cent

from the field.

NOR­MAN POW­ELL Toronto guard Nor­man Pow­ell is out in­def­i­nitely af­ter sus­tain­ing a left shoul­der sub­lux­a­tion on Mon­day against the Utah Jazz, the Rap­tors an­nounced.

The Rap­tors said there is no time­line for Pow­ell’s re­turn, but ESPN re­ported he will miss four to six weeks. Pow­ell is av­er­ag­ing 5.0 points and 2.0 re­bounds in 14.9 min­utes per game for the Rap­tors, who are tied with the War­riors with the NBA’s best record at 10-1.

Toronto for­ward Kawhi Leonard, who missed the pre­vi­ous two games due to a foot in­jury, re­turned to ac­tion Wed­nes­day night game against the Sacra­mento Kings. —

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