Say goodbye to East vs. West; NBA alters All-Star Game format

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The agreement reached between the league and the Players Association will make next year's All-Star Game the first of it's kind to be divvied up without the East and West coast players separated by conference.

In an attempt to revitalize the NBA All-Star Game, there will be no Eastern Conference vs. the Western Conference at the 2018 All-Star Game in Los Angeles.

The game will be also played for charity, with each team choosing a Los Angeles-based or national charity organization to donate to.

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"I'm thrilled with what the players and the league have done to improve the All-Star Game, which has been a priority for all of us", Chris Paul, NBAPA president and guard for the Houston Rockets, said in the release. "We're looking forward to putting on an entertaining show in L.A". The league implemented changes in its voting system last season, reducing fan voting totals to weigh 50 percent in All-Star starter results. The captains will be the two leading vote-getters in their respective conferences. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the changes.

It was not immediately clear when captains would announce their picks for the new All-Star teams.

The process of selecting the All-Stars remains the same.

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From there, though, the process of selecting who will play on each team will be done by the top vote-getter in each conference, mimicking what the National Hockey League instituted from 2011-2015 and changing up a format that had grown stale. Coaches still select the 14 other reserves who play on the team after the starters are selected.

Meanwhile, the East has added just one 2017 West All-Star: Gordon Hayward, who signed with the Boston Celtics. Each All-Star Game coach will lead the team that includes the captain from the same conference.

Will players go harder in the game now?

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