September 27, 2012 BY John Kim
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The last time we featured Michael Jordan in an NBA All-Star Game, we focused on one of his not-so-MJ moments. A missed dunk happens to everyone, but if you’re Michael ‘Air’ Jordan, people have a hard time forgetting! It didn’t take long for Michael to erase that All-Star flub because just one year later in the 2003 All-Star Game, he reminded the millions of viewers around the world why he’s won six NBA Championships. Read up on this memorable moment of Michael Jordan’s career in tonight’s Was It The Shoes? and re-live one of the best All-Star Game moments in NBA history.
In September of 2001, Michael Jordan announced his second come-back to the NBA, joining a young and raw Washington Wizards squad and providing some energetic juice to the much less powerful Eastern Conference. In his two seasons as a Washington Wizard, Michael was selected to two straight NBA All-Star Games – although not as a starter in 2003. While Michael was and is still revered in the NBA, the fact that he was not voted as a starter was proof that the new NBA generation had already embraced a new wave of stars. Allen Iverson and Tracy McGrady, the two starting backcourt-mates, had individually offered their starting roles to MJ, who declined their generous offers. It wasn’t until a last-minute plea by Vince Carter, who literally shoved MJ onto the court minutes before tip-off, that Michael was inserted into the starting line-up.
As the 2003 game served as Michael’s final All-Star Game, there was no doubt that the Eastern Conference would concede to the legend and offer up as many shots attempts as they pleased. Jordan embraced, hoisting up a game-high 27 shot attempts in 36 minutes of play and finishing with 20 points. The most memorable of those twenty-seven shots was his final attempt during regulation, when he was fed the ball with 10 seconds to go. Jason Kidd, who dribbled away before setting up an ISO play for MJ, passed the rock to MJ on the right wing. He drove right, and began his ascension – a trademark fadeaway jumper.
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