The NBA All-Star Weekend

What a great weekend it was for all basketball fans all over the world!

The traditional all star weekend involves many events over the 3 days which includes –

Celebrity Game

Rising Stars Game

Skill Challenge

3-Point Contest

Dunk Contest

The All-Star Game

Let’s break it down –

In the Rookie game we once again watched team USA vs team World, but this time, team USA beat team World by a nice margine.

This game had many highlights by the promising young stars of the league – Zion Williamson, Ja Morant, Luka Doncic and Trae Young were amazing in the game but Miles Bridges took home the MVP of this game.

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In the skill challenge it was Bam Adebayo from the Miami Heat who won, and was ready for the All-Star game.

The 3 Point Contest was pretty close this year with Devin Booker, who got into the contest as a replacement for Damian Lillard, lost by 1 point in the final round to Buddy Hield from the Sacramento Kings.

The Dunk Contest was something else this year! When Derrick Jones Jr won by 1 point the AMAZING Aaron Gordon!

And in the final event, the All-Star game was one of the best in the past few years. Team LeBron won 157 – 155 in the game that was dedicated to Kobe Bryant and Gigi Bryant.

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NBA All-Star Game Snubs

This week, the roster for the NBA All-Star game have been published and as always, we hear some voices of players who aren’t happy with their absence in those published rosters.

3 of the biggest names in the NBA who won’t be playing in the traditional All-Star Game are Kyrie Irving (mostly due injuries), Bradley Beal and Devin Booker.

Beal said – “A little pissed off about it … It’s disrespectful. … I’m gonna try and get my team in the playoffs for sure.”

Devin Booker said – “It was always a goal of mine, but it just re-proves the point that the NBA is different than the game that I fell in love with at the beginning of all the best players in the All-Star game growing up, And now it’s an entertainment, drama, political-filled league. But we’re a part of it now. It pays well, so I guess we should be quiet about it.”

Other NBA players shared their thoughts about it –

And on the other side of the coin, there will be 9 first time all stars in the game, on of them is Bam Adebayo who got the news with his family –

The game this year will be dedicated to Kobe Bryant who died in a helicopter crash in January.

Fergie Mocked For Her NBA All-Star National Anthem Performance

Following her breathless, bluesy delivery of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ on the eve of NBA’s All-Star Game, Fergie was the butt of the jokes as Social media took turns mocking the 42-year-old American Singer.

As if her performance on the eve of the biggest game on NBA’s calendar wasn’t bad enough, Fergie was criticized ruthlessly on social media in the wake of her botched rendition of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’. So severe was the backlash that the Black-eyed singer had to come on her Twitter and apologize to her fans.

Throughout her performance which took almost two-and-a-half-minutes, the crowd inside the Staples Center – the arena where the All-Star game was held, were slowly chuckling as per the Associated Press. Some basketball players, including Draymond Green, were unable to suppress their laughter as the performance was going live.

When asked during halftime as to how he felt about her performance, Charles Barkley quipped that he ‘need a cigarette after that’’. Shaquille O’Neal was the solo voice speaking in her favor, as she described her performance as ‘different’ and ‘sexy’

Still, while the reaction inside the arena to her botched-up performance was muted, on Social Media, it soon turned into a full-blown fiasco, with even celebrities taking turns to criticize their fellow American singer.

Even Roseanne Barr, who is no stranger to delivering botched performances – as her 1990 performance at the Padres Game was ranked among 10 of the worst national anthem renditions ever, weighed in, quipping that her performance was ‘low key’.

While Barr turned to humor to make fun of Fergie’s performance, other social media users were not so kind.

To her credit, Fergie didn’t lash out on social media users who were making fun of her performance. Instead, she turned to TMZ to issue a full-blown apology, by claiming that she ‘took a risk’ which clearly didn’t pay off in her favor.