NBA All-Star Flashback: The Last NYC All-Star Game

By Rory Harris

January 1, 2015

Take a moment and flashback to 1998. Remember the music, the TV shows, the clothing, and ... the sports. Basketball legend and Chicago Bulls star, Michael Jordan, ruled the sports world at the time. The year of 1998 was also the last year the NBA All-Star Weekend made its home in New York City. 

The NBA All-Star Weekend will return to New York City for the first time since 1998 on February 15, 2015. 

Flashback to 1998 

Seventeen years ago, Jordan was named the All-Star MVP for the third time at the 1998 game with 23 points, six rebounds, eight assists, and three steals. Larry Bird coached for the East team and George Karl for the West.

The East won with a score of 135 to 114. 

Other players on the 1998 East team included Reggie Miller, Shawn Kemp and Steve Smith. 

There were several players on the West that year who are still active in the NBA. Among those players are Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant. It was Bryant's first NBA All-Star Weekend and would be the first of many for the Lakers star. 

Passing the Torch

In mid-December, Kobe Bryant surpassed Jordan's staggering number of 32,292 career points sending the media into a frenzy. His name now sits as third on the NBA's all-time scoring list, just under former fellow Laker, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Karl Malone.

It was convenient timing for the Los Angeles Lakers' veteran, who is now in his 19th season of NBA basketball. 

He will most certainly be voted in as an All-Star for the 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend and have an opportunity to, once again, overshadow Jordan's run at the last NBA All-Star Game in New York City. 

Bryant has been compared to the NBA legend since he began his long career.  

The NBA All-Star Weekend may mark the final passing of the torch between the two NBA greats. 

The NBA All-Star Weekend Experience

You can have a unique and all-inclusive experience at the 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend with NBA-Events! 

With NBA-Events, you can receive in-venue hospitality at the iconic Madison Square Garden in Manhattan, as well as at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for the Saturday festivities leading up to the Sunday game.

With the Official Ticket Packages, guests will receive gourmet food, access to a premium open bar and unparalleled service. 

Guests will also get exclusive access to celebrities while attending NBA All-Star Weekend, including photo-ops with NBA legends and post-game on-court access. 

Fans have the option to include accommodations at a hotel in the center of all the New York City bustle. Official Ticket Package patrons will also receive reliable transportation to and from the Arenas, as well as back and forth from the hotel. 

With NBA-Events, you will not miss any of the Saturday contests: the Shooting Stars competition, Taco Bell Skills Challenge, Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, and the fan-favorite Sprite Slam Dunk contest, where players can showcase their talent and personalities.

The NBA All-Star Weekend is the biggest sports party of the year and a huge celebration of basketball. This year's location of New York City, one of the United States' biggest basketball cities, only means the celebration will be all the bigger.  

As the first year any player on any team can be voted for as a starter on the NBA All-Star team, people are eagerly awaiting the results of the voting. 

The NBA All-Star voting will officially conclude on Monday, Jan. 19.

The starters for the teams will be announced live on TNT on Thursday, January 22 during a special one-hour edition of TNT NBA Tip-Off at 7 p.m. ET, which will feature some of the NBA greats including Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O'Neal, and Kenny Smith. 

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