Seattle Supersonics Coach Remembers Michael Jordan vs Kobe Bryant NBA All-star Game

Published 02/09/2021, 6:30 AM EST


When the Michael Jordan era was nearing its end, Kobe Bryant was ready to see the daylight. In fact, at the dusk of the Jordan era, the league was gasping for another dominator who could build a dynasty around him. Kobe did not disappoint in any regard and soon became the best in the league.

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Also, it was a significant coincidence that the careers of these two players overlapped for a few years. One highlight from their head-to-head meetings was the 1998 NA All-star game. Legendary coach George Karl recently reminisced those memories.

When Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant played against each other in an iconic game

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The 1998 NBA All-star game was also the final year for Michael Jordan with the Chicago Bulls player and also his last before that second retirement. On the other hand, it was Kobe’s first All-star game and he was also the youngest to qualify for the event.

Celtics legend Larry Bird coached the Eastern Conference team, whereas the Seattle Supersonics great George Karl was coached the West. 

The game gave the world many picture-perfect moments. Be it the Helicopter 360 slam dunk by Kobe, his giant leap above the rim to dunk an assist, or MJ’s jumpers over his younger counterpart, it was a treat.

The Eastern All-Stars comfortably won the game 135-114 by dominating all the quarters. Michael Jordan scored 23 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists, and 3 steals while the Mamba dropped 18 points, 6 boards, 1 assist, and 2 steals. 

MJ v Mamba: Head-to-Head

The two legends, very different from each other, only played eight games against one another. None of these games were from the playoffs because when the Lakers rose in stature, Jordan had already left the Bulls and it was impossible for him and the Wizards to qualify for the postseason. 

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However, Kobe Bryant led 5-3 against Air Jordan in their regular-season meetings. One particular picture that became the most memorable between the two was when a disciple in Kobe was seen seeking advice from a teacher in Michael.

More than a decade later, Kobe surpassed his inspiration on the all-time NBA scorers’ list in December 2014. Who amongst the two champions was your favorite? Let us know why in the comments.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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