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. 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.
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. 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.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.