1998 would prove to be the “last dance” for Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, as rumors swirled this would be the dynasty’s last hurrah. That meant that it would be MJ’s last all-star game as well.
It was almost poetic that the 1998 All-Star Game was in Madison Square Garden, where Mike had many iconic games. The exhibition game also saw the first Al-Star appearance for Kobe Bryant, who was voted as a starter in the Western Conference. The younger Kobe was impressive, but MJ brought all the moves. This includes post-up shimmies into unblock-able mid-range jumpers that the GOAT was known for.
MJ would of course bring home MVP honors for the game, scoring 23 points to go with 6 rebounds and 8 assists, all while having the flu. This would be the third and final time, Michael hoisted the All-Star MVP trophy, which strangely would be named in Kobe Bryant’s honor decades later in 2020.
The sneakers that Mike wore in this game was the Air Jordan 13. The design drew inspiration from the black cat, as Mike displayed the behavior of the carnivorous predator. The Hologram on the heel mimics a black panther’s eye, with the theme extending to the paw-shaped outsole. The shoe also boasts a carbon fiber support plate once again for lightweight support. That is combined with the heel and forefoot Zoom Air units for a quick and responsive first step.
The black “Playoff” colorway ironically worn in this All-Star Game can be found HERE.
Cover image via BET.com