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Haynes: Winning Players in 2018 NBA All-Star Game Will Get $100K Bonus

Chris Haynes of ESPN reveals the winning All-Star game amount has been upped $50,000 from previous years.

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The NBA All-Star Game is not known for its competiveness, save for the last few minutes of the fourth quarter, but in a move to potentially put more at stake for players, the NBA has increased the bonus to $100K per player on the winning team, according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes.

Haynes notes previous years the winning team would take home $50,000. The losing team will still receive a $25,000 bonus, but it adds an extra $75,000 worth of motivation potentially for teams to strive for the win. Haynes talked to several players about the change.

Celtics center Al Horford:

”I think guys will definitely take the game more seriously. In the last couple of years, the games haven’t been good and we’re all aware of that. Regardless of that, I think guys are going to come out and compete. But that’s a big incentive, for sure. We’re going to be diving for loose balls out there.”

Horford’s teammate Kyrie Irving shared a similar take:

”That’ll certainly make it more interesting,” Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving said to ESPN regarding the $100,000 winner’s prize. “That’s a huge difference.”

But Warriors star and All-Star captain Stephen Curry suggests changes beyond just the dollar amount:

”That’s significant. For some players, they just want to see [the game] being worth their time,” Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry tells ESPN. “An idea I have is shortening the day. The entire game day is the biggest drag for us. Media [obligations], sponsorship appearances, [extravagant, prolonged] All-Star introductions. It’s obviously a made-for-TV event. After all that, then there’s the game. That’s a lot. But all the changes should help make the game a little better. It won’t be like [Saturday night against the Celtics], but it should be better.”

Damian Lillard will play for Team Steph along with Horford in Los Angeles on Feb. 18.

You can read more details from Haynes on the change here.