NBA All-Star Weekend is upon us, and as you know, there is an almost unending supply of hot sneakers dropping throughout the festivities. Taking a break from the countless breaking sneaker news stories and release reminders, we’ll take a look at what the weekend is really all about, the game of basketball. And what better way to look back at the all-star game than with some epic shots of the best to ever play the sport? Continue on for ten vintage shots of Michael Jordan and his Jordans from his first to last all-star games.
1985 Slam Dunk Contest
In 1985 for his first all-star weekend, Michael Jordan battled Dominique Wilkins for the slam dunk contest title. He came up short thanks to Dominique’s impressive dunk repertoire including his signature windmill. While MJ didn’t win the trophy, his performance will forever remain in the minds of sneakerheads especially, thanks to the beautiful black and red Air Jordan 1s on his feet (not to mention the gold chains).
1985 All-Star Game
Jordan’s impressive NBA All-Star career began right away during his rookie season, where he landed a starting spot on the Eastern Conference team. While he only totalled 7 points, he held his own as a rookie all-star starter among greats like Julius Erving, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird, and the man guarding him here in Nike Air Force 1s, “The Iceman” George Gervin. Going with “Bred” Air Jordan 1s for the slam dunk contest, for the game he opted for the iconic “Chicago” colorway.
1988 All-Star Game
Here we see an extra epic photo of MJ in the Air Jordan III Black/Cement thanks to the fact that it also includes Magic Johnson in the Converse CONS and Moses Malone in the Nike Air Alpha. Look closely and you’ll also catch a glimpse of Hakeem Olajuwon in his recently re-released Etonic signature shoe.
1989 All-Star Game
MJ takes a breather during his 28 point performance in the ‘89 game wearing the “Bred” Air Jordan IV. Classic.
1991 All-Star Game
Air Jordan skies for the layup in the Black/Infrared Air Jordan VI while being guarded by David Robinson in perhaps 1991’s second greatest basketball sneaker, the Nike Air Command Force.
In 1992 Michael continued his tradition of wearing black-based colorways of his Air Jordans with the “Bordeaux” Air Jordan VII. They didn’t match the uniform at all, but somehow looked perfect on court.
1996 All-Star Game
The all-star game wasn’t quite the same without MJ in 1994 and 1995 during his hiatus from the NBA, but he was back in 1996, matching the always-popular San Antonio All-Star game uniforms with the “Columbia” Air Jordan XI. The player with the most valuable shoes of a game jam-packed with amazing sneakers also took home All-Star MVP honors, as Jordan led the East squad to a victory.
1997 All-Star Game
MJ slams one home in the ‘97 game wearing the Air Jordan XII.
1998 All-Star Game
Kobe gets to guard his idol in the ‘98 all-star game, where Michael wore the Air Jordan XIII.
2003 All-Star Game
In this shot from Michael’s last all-star game ever, MJ waits to check in wearing the Air Jordan XVIII.