Even though Kevin Durant is making his way back from another MCL sprain in his right knee, the Brooklyn Nets player is on the verge of being named the All-Star game captain from the Eastern Conference. This would be the second consecutive time, the Slim Reaper would be named as a Captain alongside LeBron James. So, he took matters into his own hand to applaud the new team selection process in the star-studded exhibition game.
Speaking on his podcast, the 12-time All-Star said, “It'd be fire if we picked right before the game, though. In the locker room like 'let me get him, let me get him….they can have the jerseys ready. It'd be so fire, to have 2 jerseys ready no matter what, we're good. We got two pairs of shoes, you know what I mean? We giving the NBA ideas man, for free on ETCs."
Durant claimed that he had pitched the same idea previously. As a result of which, he was all smiles whilst discussing the same matter.
What are the changes in the All-Star team selection process?
Since the inclusion of the draft process, fanatics have always witnessed captains pick their teams on a video call with the NBA on TNT hosts. However, in the 2023 All-Star Game in Utah, things are going to be interesting as the captain will now be picking their respective teams right before the game, live during the pre-game broadcast.
This means that no player will have an idea of how they will be required to play and against which player will they be paired along. This only adds to the suspense until the actual teams are made. I’m sure many other players will be as excited as KD and millions of neutral basketball fanatics.
Will Kevin Durant feature in the 2023 All-Star Game?
Averaging 29.7 points per game in the 2022-23 NBA Season, Kevin Durant was out injured recovering from the Achilles tear he suffered in the 2019 Finals in 2020, dealing with a hamstring injury in 2021. Followed by an MCL sprain in 2022. To add to his list of missing the All-Star festivity, the four-time scoring champ might be out this year too as the 34-year-old has been struggling with an MCL sprain in his right knee.
Interestingly, the last time we saw Durant lighting up the All-Star game was way back in 2019. That being said, as per Shams Charania, there has been a growing optimism of Durant returning on the NBA hardwood before the All-Star Game in Utah.