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    The National Basketball Association (NBA)'s All-Star weekend has attracted wide public and media attention, with Lebron James' and Giannis Antetokounmpo's teams mainly paying tribute to Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash earlier this year.

    An overcrowded United Center in Chicago fell silent for several moments before the 69th NBA All-Star game, as some 21,000 fans paid their respects to Lebron James. Before the start of the game, Chaka Khan performed "The Star Spangled Banner", chosing her own unique way of singing the national anthem.

    Fans in the stands, celebrity guests, and even NBA players were bemused by Khan's singing style.

    Netizens instantly took to social media, unpacking an arsenal of mocking posts.

    NBA players in this All-Star game wore No. 2 and No. 24 on their jerseys to honour Kobe Bryant, while the game’s format paid tribute to the well-respected sports hero.


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