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Kobe Bryant vs Michael Jordan All Star Game 1998

In 1998, Michael Jordan was selected to his twelfth NBA All-Star Game, garnering more votes than any other player. We take a look at Kobe Bryant vs Michael Jordan All Star Game 1998.

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Kobe Bryant vs Michael Jordan All Star Game 1998

Madison Square Garden was Jordan’s favorite place to play so it only made sense that he wanted to put on a show.

Joining Jordan in the Eastern Conference starting line-up were: Penny Hardaway, Grant Hill, Shawn Kemp, and Dikembe Mutumbo.

The Western Conference starters were: Gary Payton, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Karl Malone, and Shaquille O’Neal.

Michael Jordan vs Kobe Bryant Highlights

Although they didn’t know it then, more than 10 players from the game would go on to join the NBA Hall of Fame.

But even with all the superstar talent, MJ’s focus was on the young Kobe Bryant, who was the youngest player ever to be selected as an All-Star starter.

Michael Jordan Kobe Bryant 1998
Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant square off in 1998.

That Little Laker Boy

In the ESPN documentary “The Last Dance,” Jordan referred to Bryant as “that little Laker boy” and told his teammates to watch out for him in isolated scoring situations.

Jordan was right to game-plan for Bryant, as he led all Western Conference players with 18 points.

But Kobe’s strong game wasn’t enough to take down Jordan, who put up 23 points, eight assists, six rebounds, and three steals.

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For his performance, Jordan was awarded his third and final All-Star Game MVP.

The East won the game handily 135-114.

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