When fans descend upon Staples Center on Feb. 18, Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James believes they’ll see a different game than what they’re expected to.
The NBA has taken considerable measures to ensure that Team LeBron and Team Stephen give an honest effort in the league’s best talent showcase. In addition to charitable endeavors and raising the winning shares, the league has instituted the player draft.
LeBron believes the strategy will work.
“We’ve got to compete,” James told TNT following a win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. “I think both teams—not only Team LeBron but Team Steph—are going to compete. Our fans deserve it. We as players deserve it. So, I’m looking forward to it.”
Previous All-Star Games featured very little defense and scores approaching the 200-range. While the NBA might not want to see a 90’s grudge match, where scoring fails to creep out of the 70’s, commissioner Adam Silver also wanted to curtail players lying down on the floor–yielding subsequent alley-oops.
More intensity should lead to more drama, making for a better fan experience. The NBA has already scheduled an action-packed weekend for fans journeying to Los Angeles, CA.
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