“Come Here Shaq Daddy!”: Michael Jordan Mic’d Up at the 1996 All Star Game Led to a Slew of Iconic Soundbites
2024/04/02

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The 1996 All-Star game is a significant part of NBA history as Shaquille O’Neal and Michael Jordan teamed up for the first time. Both players were selected to represent the Eastern Conference. Jordan was even mic’d up before the game, providing fans with entertaining interactions with his peers. During the photoshoot, Jordan bantered with Alonzo Mourning about his unlucky number 45. Despite Jordan and Shaq playing 1v1 and Jordan jokingly predicting Glen Rice’s shooting outcome, the East emerged victorious with a final score of 129-118 and Jordan was named MVP.

The 2024 All-Star game marked a return to the East vs.

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West format after six editions using a captain system. In 2018, Michael Jordan and Chris Paul advocated for this change to the game format due to the lack of competitiveness and excessive scoring. Despite initial concerns about tampering and voting, the league proceeded with the change. The All-Star game continues to feature exciting moments, but the defensive intensity remains notably low throughout the game.

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