When Shaquille O’Neal Floored LeBron James and Dwight Howard During the 2007 All-Star Game

Published 09/22/2021, 1:17 PM EDT
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – DECEMBER 28: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Shaquille O’Neal attends 2019 World Lightweight & World Light Heavy Weight Championships at State Farm Arena on December 28, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)


It was the event of a lifetime when LeBron James, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, and many more famous names played the 2007 All-Star Game. The charismatic star power and the enchanting atmosphere were unmatched that night.

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The Las Vegas 2007 NBA All-Star Game

The 2007 All-Star game was an exhibition basketball game during the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) 2006–07 season. The NBA All-Star Game was held at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’s Thomas & Mack Center in Paradise, Nevada, in the 56th edition of the event. It was 153–132 in favor of the Western Conference as they defeated the Eastern Conference.

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Lakers guard Kobe Bryant receives the NBA Most Valuable Player trophy from comissioner David Stern prior to game two of the Western Conference semifinal at Staples Center. (Photo by Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

In addition to his 31 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and 6 steals, Kobe Bryant earned the title of Most Valuable Player (MVP) at the All-Star Game. With 28 points, six rebounds, six assists, and six rebounds, LeBron James made the most serious run at the MVP trophy for the East. A university campus hosted the All-Star Game for the first time, in a city without an NBA franchise.

Dwight Howard, a reserve for the East, scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in just 14 minutes on his All-Star debut. The Hawks’ Joe Johnson was also an All-Star for the first time in this game. He finished with 12 points. As the East’s starting center, Shaquille O’Neal scored 10 points in 17 minutes during his penultimate appearance at the All-Star Game.

Shaquille O’Neal vs LeBron James and Dwight Howard

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In addition to this, the Eastern team’s practice was an entertaining occasion, in light of a dance-off between some of their players. Three NBA stars, Shaquille O’Neal, Dwight Howard, and LeBron James, got together for an impromptu dance-off on the court.

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They made the crowd’s mood lighter with their humorous attempts at break dancing and had everyone on their feet applauding. As well as putting on an entertaining show, they are able to showcase their skills.

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That day, Shaq break danced and mock twerked and shook the floor with his moves. It wasn’t surprising when LeBron held his own and rocked some moves. Together, they laughed and danced to the music as Dwight Howard joined them.

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Shalom Saldanha

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Shalom Saldanha is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his journalism degree, he has previously worked as a sports corresspondent for India Shorts/Business Upturn. A Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bucks fan, Shalom primarily got into the sport after discovering that he shared a mutual love for Arsenal with the Greek Freak.

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