Early indications the NBA wouldn’t televise the new All-Star draft were met with swift opposition from fans and media. Yet, the league isn’t budging. NBA commissioner Adam Silver, via NBA TV: Should there be a public selection? Now, I get it. Yes, it would be more fun if we had that kind of draft. On other hand, I recognize that in picking a team to perform in the here and now, it’s a little different than drafting, where you’re selecting players for the long-term. Because, in picking a team, you want guys that are going to complement each other. And I think there was a sense from the players that it put them in an impossible position, where they’re picking one player over another – in part, not because they necessarily think that player is better than another player, maybe because they have a personal relationship with the player, or they think that player would be a better complement to the players, and that, invariably, if they just did it as a pure draft, guys would say, Oh, I can’t believe such and such was selected before that player. So, I would only say, it’s a big change from where we were, and I think we’ll see how this works, and it will develop over time. And I’m sure you all in the media will spend your time getting from our captains exactly who was picked over what other player. The goal was to improve the All-Star game, not put a cherry on top of the cake. That might have been the internal goal. Everyone else saw a cool new event – the All-Star draft.
Adam Silver on not televising All-Star draft: ‘The goal was to improve the All-Star game’
Pro Basketball Talk | Jan 11