NBA changes 2018 All-Star Game format, eliminates traditional East vs. West

The Staples Center will play host to this year's NBA All-Star Game. It marks the third time the arena and city of Los Angeles have hosted the event since 2004.

By: Colin Ward-Henninger | CBS Sports
October 3, 2017

NEW YORK, N.Y. (CBS) -- The NBA has eliminated the traditional Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference format for the 2018 All-Star Game, and will instead implement a model that could see top stars like LeBron James and Kevin Durant playing on the same team.

In the new format, the leading fan vote-getters from the East and West will serve as captains who will select players regardless of conference affiliation. The 2018 All-Star Game in Los Angeles will be the first one in NBA history that is not East vs. West.

Here is the statement released by the NBA on Tuesday:

The changes come in response to recent concern about the exhibition game's lack of competitiveness. The West has beaten the East five of the last six times, and six of the last eight. It may have also been a reaction to the fact that former East All-Stars like Jimmy Butler, Carmelo Anthony and Paul George now play for Western Conference teams.

We'll see if the captain format causes players to take things a little more seriously.