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Stephen Curry, Kevin Love approve of new All-Star Game format

Count Stephen Curry among the NBA players who have expressed approval over the new-and-arguably-improved All-Star Game setup, saying “it should be a pretty cool vibe.”

The new format essentially entails that the top vote-getter in each conference will be designated as team captains. From there, each captain will be free to choose players — starting with 12 coming from each conference —  playground-style, regardless of conference affiliation.

Curry, who along with his Golden State Warriors teammates are in China for a pair of exhibition games against the Minnesota Timberwolves, backed the NBA’s revamped plan.

“I think it’s great for the game to kind of spice it up a little bit,” Curry said at practice Wednesday, via ESPN. “Give the fans a little bit more interest in how the teams are going to unfold. It’s great to follow how the 24-man rosters are voted on by the fans and the coaches but now there’s another element of mixing the East and the West and giving different combinations of guys out there on the floor. So it should be a pretty cool vibe to test it out and see how it goes.”

Cleveland Cavaliers superstar Kevin Love similarly approved of the new format.

“I think it mixes it up,” Love said after shootaround before the team’s preseason opener Wednesday, via Cleveland.com. “I think in some way it will make it more competitive and also it will be interesting to see who picks who. It is an elite fraternity in this league. I think it’s the two leading vote getters from each side, right? And then they’ll be picking their teammates or their boys and it will be like out on the blacktop in grade school back in the day. So, it will be fun.”

While a novel concept in theory, it remains to be seen how things will go in practice once the new format is put into action. But the case can be made that All-Star Games, regardless of sport, have become fairly stale, benign exercises. Anything to add an additional layer of interest and intrigue can’t hurt at this point.