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1993 NBA All-Star Game a special moment for Utah
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 1993 All Star Game at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 21, 1993.
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Tthe 1993 All Star Game at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 21, 1993.
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Ticket to the 1993 All Star Game at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 21, 1993.
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Eastern Conference All-Stars Larry Johnson and Patrick Ewing take a breather on the bench during the 1993 NBA All-Star Game at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City.
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John Stockton, drives with the ball as Mark Price defends, during the 1993 All Star Game at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 21, 1993.
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John Stockton, drives with the ball as Mark Price defends, during the 1993 All Star Game at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 21, 1993.
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John Stockton, in the 1993 All Star Game at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 21, 1993.
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John Stockton defends for the West against Larry Johnson of the East, during the 1993 All Star Game at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 21, 1993.
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Scottie Pippen knocks the ball away from David Robinson at the 1993 NBA All-Star Game in Salt Lake City.
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the 1993 All Star Game at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 21, 1993.
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Tim Hardaway and Karl Malone, in the 1993 All Star Game at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 21, 1993.
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John Stockton loses the ball against the defense of Patrick Ewing in the 1993 NBA All-Star Game  in Salt Lake City.
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 Karl Malone smiles in the 1993 All Star Game at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 21, 1993.
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 Karl Malone jokes with Charles Barkley, in the 1993 All Star Game at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 21, 1993.
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Michael Jordan steals the ball from Clyde Drexler in the 1993 NBA All-Star Game played at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City.
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John Stockton, drives with the ball as Mark Price defends, during the 1993 All Star Game at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 21, 1993.
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Michael Jordan, drives with the ball during the 1993 All Star Game at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 21, 1993.
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 Karl Malone jokes with Charles Barkley, in the 1993 All Star Game at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 21, 1993.
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Shaquille O'Neal and John Stockton, in the 1993 All Star Game at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 21, 1993.
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 Karl Malone, Charles Barkley and Dan Majerle play for the West team, in the 1993 All Star Game at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 21, 1993.
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 Karl Malone takes a shot for the West team, in the 1993 All Star Game at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 21, 1993.
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Shaquille O'Neal plays for the East team, in the 1993 All Star Game at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 21, 1993.
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Charles Barkley goes up for a shot, as Scottie Pippin defends, in the 1993 All Star Game at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 21, 1993.
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Jazz forward Karl Malone gets off a shot against the defense of Larry Nance during the 1993 NBA All-Star Game at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City.
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Jazz guard John Stockton dribbles upcourt during the 1993 NBA All-Star Game at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City.
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Karl Malone looks for a shot, in the 1993 All Star Game at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 21, 1993.
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Michael Jordan in the 1993 All Star Game at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 21, 1993.
Utah Jazz teammates and co-Most Valuable Player winners John Stockton, left, and Karl Malone hold up the All-Star MVP trophy after playing for the West team, which won the 43rd NBA All-Star game, 135-130, in Salt Lake City, Sunday, Feb. 21, 1993.  Malone holds his daughter, Kaydee.  (AP Photo/Roberto Borea)
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The 1993 All Star Slam Dunk Contest, in the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 20, 1993.
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The 1993 All Star Slam Dunk Contest, in the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 20, 1993.
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Michael Jordan is escorted onto the court by two Jazz dancers,  during the 1993 All Star festivities, in the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 20, 1993.
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The 1993 All Star Slam Dunk Contest, in the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 20, 1993.
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The 1993 All Star Slam Dunk Contest, in the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 20, 1993.
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The 1993 All Star Slam Dunk Contest, in the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 20, 1993.
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Marie Osmond sings the national anthem before the Legends game during the 1993 All Star festivities, in the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 20, 1993.
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Hot Rod Hundley, Frank Layden, and Larry Miller, during the Legends game during the 1993 All Star festivities, in the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 20, 1993.
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The Legends game during the 1993 All Star festivities, in the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 20, 1993.
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Hot Rod Hundley gets hooked up with a microphone, during the Legends game during the 1993 All Star festivities, in the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 20, 1993.

For one exhilarating weekend, Utah was the center of the basketball universe.

Just six months after the original Dream Team began the true globalization of the sport by striking gold at the Barcelona Olympics, Salt Lake City played host to the 1993 NBA All-Star Game.

“It’s hard to believe it was 20 years ago,” says former mayor Deedee Corradini.

With the world watching, basketball’s greatest players descended on the still-new Delta Center, where Jazz stars John Stockton and Karl Malone sparkled brightest of all.

After the Western Conference’s 135-132 overtime victory, Stockton and Malone were named co-Most Valuable Players — a fitting tribute for their performance in the game and their joined-at-the-hip careers that eventually landed them in the Hall of Fame.

Stockton finished with nine points and 15 assists. He was dominant in overtime. Malone scored 28 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and went 11 for 17 from the field.

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“I remember it so well,” said Corradini, who is now the president of Women’s Ski Jumping USA. “… It was such a great opportunity for us to show off our city, and John and Karl did so well. It was just a great thing for Salt Lake. In many ways, it put us on the map.”

The All-Star Game also ushered in the Jazz’s golden era.

Led by Stockton and Malone, the franchise’s climb from laughingstock to respected contender reached its zenith in the coming years.

Between 1994 and 1998, the Jazz reached the Western Conference finals four times and advanced to the NBA Finals twice — winning an average of 59 regular-season games along the way.

Before the end of their careers, Stockton became the league’s all-time leader in assists and steals. Malone ended up as the No. 2 scorer in NBA history, behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

“I think the All-Star Game made us realize there was something very special happening with John and Karl and the Utah Jazz,” Corradini said. “It was a golden moment in time. … [and] put us on the road to the Olympics.”

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Hosting All-Star Game in 1993 “announced that we were truly a major-league city.”

At a glance

1993 NBA All-Star Game highlights

» The Jazz’s Karl Malone totaled 28 points and 10 rebounds while John Stockton had nine points and 15 assists as they earned co-MVP honors.

» Seven members of the Dream Team participated in what Patrick Ewing called “the best defensive All-Star Game I’ve ever played in.” The West won 135-132 in overtime.

» It was the last of Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas’ 12 All-Star Game appearances and the first of 15 for Shaquille O’Neal.


 
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