MILWAUKEE — After watching the East and West combine for nearly 400 points in last month’s All-Star Game in New Orleans, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver decided something needed to change.So he reached out to Chris Paul, the Clippers point guard and the president of the NBA Players’ Association.Paul, who was not selected to the All-Star Game for the first time since 2007, had some thoughts.“We collectively want to try to make All-Star weekend better for the fans,” Paul said after the Clippers’ 112-101 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. “All the way around. Even in (Collective Bargaining Agreement) talks and stuff like that, that was one of the things that the players, the owners and everybody was talking about. Trying to fix that, spice it up a little bit to keep interesting.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The primary concern: Finding ways to make the midseason exhibition more competitive.Speaking on Friday at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston, Silver said he and Paul spoke last month and brainstormed ideas, including having captains draft teams. Silver reportedly suggested adding a 4-point line.Some former All-Stars said players didn’t previously need gimmicks to get their competitive juices flowing. “When you had Michael (Jordan), those guys were about competing,” said Bucks coach Jason Kidd, who played in 10 All-Star games from 1996 to 2010. “The first maybe three quarters was a showcase. It was always close. Then that fourth quarter was to go against the best and to win.“Hopefully it will get back to that.” Doc Rivers was an All-Star in 1988, and remembered Friday that Mike Fratello, coaching the East, yelled at him for not picking up his man full court in the first quarter.“I don’t know when this thing changed,” he said.Rivers suggested rather than every player getting a financial bonus for appearing in the game, only the winning team should get paid.Paul Pierce, a veteran of 10 All-Star games, said the bonus would have to climb significantly from the $50,000 winners get paid and the $25,000 for the losers.“Don’t nobody care about that $25-$30,000, when everybody role players are making $70 million and then you got All-Stars making $100 (million),” Pierce said. “Don’t nobody care about that. They care about not getting hurt. Make the incentive bigger. Give out Mercedes.”Pierce said the players he entered the league with, like Kobe Bryant, were more competitive and that nothing the league could do would reverse the trend.“Go to Costco,” he suggested. “If they sell competitiveness, buy that, give it to the players and maybe it will change. … If you don’t buy that, or they don’t sell that, nothing is going to change.”Back to schoolRivers took his team to school while in Milwaukee.The Clippers practiced lightly Thursday night at Marquette, Rivers’ alma mater, and the coach returned Friday to speak to the current crop of Golden Eagles.Rivers’ team did not waste the chance to tease their coach.“The guys give you stuff about it,” he said. “They see your pictures and they wanted to know how much I had to pay to get my jersey retired.”That invited a natural follow-up made in jest.How much?“I paid a lot,” joked Rivers, who played at Marquette from 1980-83. “I have pride. I had to get it done.”AlsoRookie Diamond Stone, who won four championships at Dominican High School in suburban Milwaukee, had more than two dozen friends and family members at the game. Stone has played just 24 minutes in seven games this season. He is nursing a bone bruise in his knee and was inactive against the Bucks.