Greatest Los Angeles Lakers All-Star moments

    allstar1Lakers Examiner: NBA All-Star weekend is one of my favorite times of the year. One of the worst days of my life was when I found out my VHS copy of the 2000 dunk contest (Vince Carter, Tracy McGrady, Steve Francis) had been taped over and replaced by some PBS documentary (thanks, Mom).

    Anyway, I thought it would be a cool idea to take a look at some of the greatest Laker moments from All-Star weekend. I really started to follow the Lakers around the early 90s, so I am sure I am missing some of the older stuff. But these are the memories that remain in my mind.

    Magic’s return. This one’s pretty much a no-brainer and a front-runner for the greatest NBA All-Star moment, period. For those of you that don’t remember (or weren’t born yet), Magic found out before the 1991-92 season that he had contracted the HIV virus. He retired immediately and didn’t play a single regular-season game, yet his overwhelming popularity caused him to be voted by the fans as a starter for the All-Star game in Orlando. After careful consideration (and much debate), Magic agreed to honor his selection and participate in the game. The rest, as they say, is history.

    Magic finished with 25 points and 9 assists, ending the game with a turnaround, fade-away three-pointer. His performance earned him All-Star Game MVP honors and, despite a brief comeback in the 1995-96 season, Magic’s All-Star game performace is the lasting impression in most fans’ minds.

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    Jaime is the co-owner and Operating Director for LakerNation.com from Alhambra, CA. He's help create the official websites for Kevin Durant and Goodwin Sports. Currently, he's the Online Producer for FOX Sports Radio and AM570 KLAC.
    • sketch

      Look for Kobe to have another great performance! I’d keep the tivos rollin, cause I don’t think that you’ll want to miss a Kobe to SNAQ alley oop…a la Lakers vs. Portland Trailblazers!

    • MILO

      Kobe should already have 3 mvp’s the voters are all haters…

    • MILO

      Bill Simons a Kobe hater???YES!

      this hater wrote an artical on espn.com critisizing Kobe’s performance @ MSG.He basicly went on to say that Kobe is a ball hog and then went on to praise Le’Bron for his follow up, but what he did not mention was James shot attempts.Le’Bron went 17-33 2 more attempts and 2 less makes than Kobe’s 19-21 shooting.He also did not mention that Kobe played 31 min’s, 10 less than Le’Bron.Kobe only had 3 assists, but you really cant blame kobe for the few times he does pass it and and the recipiant failed to make the shot.Now, the one thing that bothers me the most is that when MICHAEL JORDAN dropped his 55 @ MSG he went 21-37 shooting yet i never heard anyone ever say anything along the lines of MJ being a ball hog.This brings me to the conclusion that all these Kobe haters (my list of whom i think are Kobe haters) Bill Simmons, Marv Albert TNT sports, Ahmad Rashad from NBATV, eveyone on ESPN specially Simmons, Steve Leavy and Skip Bayliss and all the current players like Elton Brand and many out there the list goes on and on who have had the nerve to publicly critisize Kobe and still cant get over the fact that Kobe is and will always be the best dam player to have ever played the game.These people all have to get over the past and live the present and just watch history being made while Kobe displays his amazing talent and instead of hating on him sit back and enjoy it and feel lucky to have witnessed it.

    • MILO

      for the record i forgot and was just corrected by a friend, Kobe played 37 min’s @ MSG either way fu-ck all the Kobe haters out there

    • MILO

      yup thats what i thought! no feedback to my previous comments from all the ignorant people who come to TLN! where is ab4sure or DC??? i need to hear from some one who actually knows whats going on…