Following what turned out to be a surprisingly exciting and competitive NBA All-Star game on Sunday, commissioner Adam Silver spoke with ESPN's Ramona Shelburne about the new format, and he appeared quite pleased with how the entire thing turned out. Of course, there was still some room for improvement, which is where the idea of televising the draft between the two team captains comes into play.
Silver basically admitted what everyone else already knew—that the league was being "overly conservative" by not televising the inaugural All-Star game draft. But after both team captains—LeBron James and Steph Curry—spoke out about having the draft televised next year, Silver seemed to be leaning towards making it a reality.
"When we sat with the union and we came up with this format, we all agreed, let’s not turn something that’s 100 percent positive into a potential negative to any player," he said. "But then maybe we were overly conservative, because then we came out of there, and the players were, 'We can take it. We’re All-Stars. Let’s have a draft.' So it sounds like we’re going to have a televised draft next year."
One thing you have to admire about Silver is that he's always receptive to suggestions on how to improve all aspects of the league. If he thinks that televising the NBA All-Star draft will give the fans a better overall experience, you better believe that he will look into that opportunity. Suddenly next year's All-Star game can't come soon enough.