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Brock Durbin, Reporter

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The East versus West conferences in the NBA will be no more. On October 3, 2017, the NBA announced that the 67-year tradition was broken, and the stars of the 2018 All-Star Weekend will pave a way for new games to come.

Senior Austin Mendenhall stated, “It will be fun to watch players from different conferences be on the same team. Viewership and attendance will go up.” Mendenhall enjoys watching basketball, and his favorite team is the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The upcoming NBA season, which started on Tuesday, October 17, 2018, will spark a season of many changes. Mainly all of the trades, but also the All-Star weekend change. This change needed to be made so no conference was stacked. Mendenhall says, “The West will definitely have more players. They have the Rockets, Spurs, Warriors, Thunder, and other strong teams. They have better players.” He added, “[The game is] kids getting together to shoot hoops, but it is like 30-year-old men.”

Instead of the conferences battling, it will consist of two captains, coaches who have the best record two weeks prior to the game, with the exception of Steve Kerr and Brad Stevens who coached the All-Star teams last year,  and 12 players of the captains’ choosing per team. Mendenhall states,       “[Adam] Silver is just switching it up and trying something new. Players from different conferences can play against their own teammates. I am interested, and it was eye-catching; no more same old, same old.”

The 2017-18 season is going to be different. “Stars are already thinking about All-Star Weekend,” says Mendenhall. Fans like him think this is going to be a lot of fun to watch with the competition getting harder every season. Players practice their game throughout the offseason and put it to test in the pre-season. It may be too soon to make predictions already, but Mendenhall predicted, “Cleveland: 2018 Finals champs!”

Tune into All-Star Weekend on February 16 to February 18, 2018, hosted by Los Angeles, California.

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