NBA Commissioner Adam Silver Confirms Plans For US vs. World Format In All-Star Game

Photo: Instagram/Adam Silver

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has confirmed discussions about implementing a US vs. World format for the All-Star Game, marking a potential adjustment to the annual exhibition contest.

In a conversation with Charles Barkley on CNN, Silver expressed consideration for separating teams between players from the United States and those from the rest of the world. 

This comes after the reintroduction of the West vs. East format in the 2024 All-Star Game, following six years of captains selecting teammates in a draft.

Photo: Instagram/Adam Silver

Silver highlighted the lack of competitiveness in recent All-Star Games and suggested that focusing on making it a celebration of basketball might be more fitting.

Teaming up international stars like Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luka Doncic, and Nikola Jokic against their US counterparts could offer an intriguing spectacle, particularly for fans in Europe. 

While acknowledging the shift away from a purely competitive game, Silver indicated the league's openness to exploring new formats. 

The next three editions of the All-Star Game are slated for San Francisco in 2025, Inglewood in 2026, and Phoenix in 2027.


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