So the 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend is a wrap and easily, the biggest takeaway from the three-day extravaganza is the improved competitiveness at the Sunday night finale - the All-Star Game. After seeing teams pass the 190-point mark over the past couple of games, it was time to change things up and the impact of the new Draft system was quite noticeable.
Teams were actually playing defense, the referees had to use instant replay in one instance in the closing minutes and the final deciding play of the game was a defensive stop. All of that combined with the charity donation angle made the All-Star Game a good conclusion to the weekend.
But, just like any other event, there were winners and losers here too. Without going in-depth into every angle possible, here are the biggest winners and losers at the 2018 All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles.
Loser: Fergie's National Anthem
It's the All-Star Weekend, not to mention it was in Los Angeles, so there was definitely going to be a hugely popular name singing the National Anthem pre-game. This time around, it was 8-time Grammy Award-winning singer Fergie.
While there was nothing wrong with her voice in general, her delivery wasn't typical to that of a sporting event or a patriotic song. Many took to Twitter to make their feeling and reactions known.
A majority of the reactions were not really harmful or disrespecting but it created quite a bit of a buzz on Twitter. Surely, she's achieved a lot to be affected by something like this. Nonetheless, going by the crowd's reactions, the halftime and pre-game show made up for national anthem.