First off, you can't discuss this years All Star Game without talking about the National Anthem. If you didn't watch, or check social media yet, basically Fergie went on live television and produced a jaw dropping, horrendous product that had everyone scratching their heads. I meant jaw dropping too as multiple players, including Draymond Green were in visible disbelief at what they were hearing. Even Sir Charles Barkley at halftime was quoted "that he needed a cigarette" after that performance.
Anyhow despite the rough start with the anthem, eventually the game kicked off and it was entertaining, more so than recent years in my opinion. I absolutely am a huge fan of the top vote getters in each league (Lebron and Steph), acting as captains and drafting their teams from the entire pool of all stars, rather than their respective leagues. The only knock on the format, that is rumored to be fixed next year, is that the entire draft process wasn't televised, which I think would be highly entertaining.
Anyhow the game was good, and the mix-up of players was awesome. The best part of this game though, was how it was constantly being applauded for being a defensive masterpiece. Like people were constantly saying how much better it was because of the defensive intensity being displayed, forcing players to make extraordinary plays. Ummmm broooo, it was Team Lebron over Team Stephen, 148-145. 293 total points in a basketball game is not a defensive gem. Occasionally, and in the last 2 minutes of the game, a little defense was displayed, but to pretend that the defense was "unreal" throughout the game is straight beta.
Besides everyone pretending it was a crisp, defensive masterpiece, it was a typical All Star Game, with Lebron snatching MVP honors after dropping 29, and receiving 30 minutes of in-game accolades for being basically the greatest human being on planet earth and more than just a "ball dribbler". No comment on that.
Overall it was an enjoyable format, everyone was entertained, and the NBA All-Star Weekend once again proved to be a entertaining event.