The 2013 NBA All Star game is in Houston, Texas. This is the 3rd time the All Star game will be held there. So, what happened during the first two?
Welp, the first one was in 1989. The MVP was Karl Malone. The Sixers were represented by Charles Barkley. Moses Malone also made the team but with the Hawks. Some key things actually happened surrounding this game. Here are the bullet points (taken from NBA.com and Wikipedia):
- The 1988-89 season for Utah’s Karl Malone was a watershed one, marking his first of 11 straight All-NBA First Team nominations and first of five straight seasons as the NBA’s No. 2 scorer.
- This was the final All-Star game for Hall of Famers Moses Malone and Alex English, but marked the first All-Star appearance for Chris Mullin.
- This all-star game was known for setting at that time, an NBA All-Star attendance record
The “host” player, Hakeem Olajuwon of the Houston Rockets, had 12 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 blocks. MVP Malone had 28 points on 12-for-17 shooting, nine rebounds and two steals.
The second one was in 2006. If you’ve followed the Sixers and watched the events that weekend, you may have a bitter taste in your mouth. It was Sixers weekend as Andre Iguodala took home the MVP award for the Rookies-Sophomore game. The next night, and I stand by this, he was robbed of winning the Slam Dunk Competition in what was the first contest to to be decided by a tie-breaker.
Anyway, Allen Iverson represented the Sixers in the ASG. The host players were Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming. Again, here’s some bullet points:
- Gilbert Arenas was David Stern’s best friend as Arenas was an injury replacement for the ASG and the 3 point shoot-out.
- The Pistons had 4 players represent them: Richard Hamilton, Chaucey Billups, Rasheed Wallace and Ben Wallace
The West won the first game while the East won game two.