1996 NBA All-Star Game

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1996 NBA All-Star Game
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East 33 28 41 27 129
West 32 26 22 38 118
Date February 11, 1996
Arena Alamodome
City San Antonio, Texas
MVP Michael Jordan
Attendance 36,037
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The 1996 NBA All-Star Game was the 46th edition of the NBA All-Star Game, an exhibition basketball game played on Sunday February 11, 1996. The event was held at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas and was a part of the 50th season of the NBA.[1] The game was televised nationally by the television providers TNT and TBS in the United States. As for Canada the game was televised nationally by TSN. There were 36,037 people in attendance. Michael Jordan put on a show for the fans in his first game back from retirement and ended up receiving the games most valuable player award.

Roster[edit]

Phil Jackson from the Chicago Bulls coached the Eastern Conference and George Karl from the Seattle SuperSonics coached the Western Conference.[2] The rosters for the All-Star game were chosen via a fan ballot. The fans would vote for every position, as well as the coaches, and the players that received the most votes would be placed on a team. If a player were unable to participate due to an injury, then the commissioner would select another player as a replacement. Grant Hill led the all-star voting with 1,358,004 votes with Michael Jordan being right behind him with 1,341,422 votes. The rest of the Eastern conference starters were Anfernee Hardaway, Scottie Pippen and Shaquille O’Neal. The reserves included Patrick Ewing, Reggie Miller, Vin Baker and Terrell Brandon. For the West, the person that led the all-star voting was Charles Barkley with 1,268,195 votes. Clyde Drexler, after seven appearances with Portland Trailblazers, appeared in the game for the first time as a Houston Rocket. The rest of the Western starters were Clyde Drexler, Jason Kidd, Shawn Kemp, and Hakeem Olajuwon. The reserves included David Robinson, Gary Payton, Sean Elliot, and Karl Malone.

All-Star Game[edit]

This game was played after what is considered by many experts as one of largest drafts in the NBA history due to the future hall of fame talent that was added that year.[3] The anticipation for this game was high compared to the years before. This game was the first All-Star game that Michael Jordan played in after returning from his first retirement. He scored 20 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist shooting at about a 73% average for the game.[4] Shaquille O’Neal, scored 25 points with 10 rebounds to lead the East in scoring and rebounds. For the West on the other hand, Jason Kidd was the assist leader with 10 assists in his first All-Star game appearance. The scoring leaders for the West were David Robinson and Gary Payton with both players contributing 18 points respectively. The East won the game with a score of 129-118. Although there was a great deal of controversy with fans saying that Shaquille O’Neal deserved the award, Michael Jordan ended up receiving the All-Star game’s Most Value Player.

Boxscore[edit]

Eastern All-Stars[5][edit]

Player Min Fg Ft Reb Ast Pts
Scottie Pippen, Chi 25 4-7 0 8 5 8
Grant Hill, Det 26 6-10 2-2 3 2 14
Shaquille O'Neal, Orl 28 10-16 5-11 10 1 25
Michael Jordan, Chi 22 8-11 4-4 4 1 20
Anfernee Hardaway, Orl 31 6-8 4-4 3 7 18
Patrick Ewing, NYK 12 3-7 2-2 3 1 8
Reggie Miller, Ind 18 4-8 0 2 2 8
Vin Baker, Mil 14 2-5 2-2 2 2 6
Terrell Brandon, Cle 20 4-10 2-2 1 3 11
Glen Rice, Cha 15 1-5 4-4 1 2 7
Juwan Howard, Was 16 1-5 0 0 6 2
Alonzo Mourning, Mia 13 1-6 0 0 1 2
TOTAL 240 50-98 25-31 44 28 129

Western All-Stars[5][edit]

Player Min Fg Ft Reb Ast Pts
Charles Barkley, Pho 16 4-6 0 0 1 8
Shawn Kemp, Sea 22 6-12 1-2 4 1 13
Hakeem Olajuwon, Hou 14 2-8 0 3 0 4
Clyde Drexler, Hou 19 5-8 0 2 3 11
Jason Kidd, Dal 22 3-4 0 6 10 7
David Robinson, Sas 23 8-13 2-2 11 2 18
Gary Payton, Sea 28 6-10 6-6 5 5 18
Sean Elliott, Sas 22 5-12 1-1 5 2 13
Karl Malone, Uta 20 2-6 7-8 9 2 11
Mitch Richmond, Sac 25 3-10 1-2 2 2 7
Dikembe Mutombo, Den 11 2-4 0-0 9 0 4
John Stockton, Uta 18 2-9 0 1 3 4
TOTAL 240 48-102 18-21 57 31 118

References[edit]

  1. ^ Trotman, Noren. "1996 All-Star Game Recap". NBA.com. NBA. Retrieved 5 May 2015. 
  2. ^ Trotman, Noren. "1996 All-Star Game Recap". NBA.com. National Basketball Association. Retrieved 7 May 2015. 
  3. ^ Malinowski, Erik. "Booms and Busts of the 1996 NBA Draft". Fox Sports. Fox. Retrieved 7 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "1996 NBA All-Star Game Box Score". Basketball Reference. Fox Sports. Retrieved 7 May 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "1996 NBA All-Star Game Box Score". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2011-02-21.