NBA almost got the All-Star changes right this time

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The changes the NBA announced to its All-Star Game format Tuesday, which will have two captains pick teams instead of pitting the Eastern and Western Conferences against each other, should help create more competitiveness — and perhaps even defense — in what’s become a high-profile practice run.

But the NBA airballed an opportunity to also ensure the best 24 players will be on the court at this season’s All-Star Game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Though players won’t represent their conferences any more, the league still plans to choose 12 players from the East and 12 from the West. And with the West as dominant as ever in terms of star talent, now was the right time — past time, really — to change that part of the selection process.

A history of West dominance

As the Western Conference has had the upper hand on the court against the East over the past decade-plus — the East has won a higher percentage of interconference matchups just once (in 2008-09)

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