NBA notebook: All-Star draft reportedly to be televised
For the second time, NBA captains will draft All-Star teams before the game is played in 2019.
For the first time, the draft will be televised, the New York
Times reported Wednesday.
Five starters from the East and five from the West will be selected as per
tradition by fan balloting. Captains to be named will choose teams to fill out
The NBA opted not to televise the draft in 2018, when Stephen Curry and LeBron
James served as team captains. Both players disclosed their decisions to media
members over time. James said immediately after the draft the process should
have been televised and repeated his support Wednesday.
"What's bad about it? It's All-Star Weekend," James said when asked if
televising the captains' choices would be a good thing. "You got 24 of the
best players in the world that's going to make the team. It doesn't matter if
you're first or last, you're 24 of the best in the world at that point in
time. I don't think it'll be bad. We'll see."
--Golden State forward Draymond Green has been ruled out of the Warriors'
Thursday home showdown with the Milwaukee Bucks because of a sprained right
big toe, coach Steve Kerr told reporters after practice.
Green sustained the injury Monday against the Memphis Grizzlies. Kerr said
Green's status is day-to-day.
Green will be sitting out a contest in which his trademark stellar defense
surely will be needed as the Warriors try to slow Bucks star Giannis
Antetokounmpo, who is averaging 25.8 points, 13.3 rebounds and 5.9 assists.
The Heat said Wade's absence is due to personal reasons.
Wade came off the bench for Miami in each of the first nine games this season
and is averaging 14.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists while shooting 45
percent from the field.
The Raptors said there is no timeline for Powell's return, but ESPN reported
he will miss four to six weeks. Powell is averaging 5.0 points and 2.0
rebounds in 14.9 minutes per game for the Raptors, who are tied with the
Warriors with the NBA's best record at 10-1.
--Philadelphia 76ers reserve big man Mike Muscala will miss at least one week
after fracturing his nose Tuesday during practice.
The team announced that the injury occurred during a collision with a
teammate. Muscala received six stitches for a cut on his face and will wear a
protective mask once he is cleared to return. He will be re-evaluated in
approximately one week.
The 6-foot-11 Muscala will miss at least four games, beginning with
Wednesday's game against the Indiana Pacers.
--Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic was fined $25,000 by the NBA for using
derogatory and offensive language during a postgame interview, the NBA
Jokic used an anti-gay slur when asked a question about Chicago Bulls rookie
Wendell Carter Jr. after a game on Oct. 31.
--Field Level Media