CHARLOTTE, N.C. – From the City of Angels to the Queen City, the ball has been passed to Charlotte, North Carolina to host the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend.
The city hosted the 41st edition of the NBA All-Star Game during the 1990-91 basketball season when some of the best players to ever play the sport were active. Thousands and thousands of people lined the streets to get a look at the players and participate in the activities around the city.
Michael Jordan scored 26 points in his home state helping the East defeated the West 116-114 at the Charlotte Coliseum. The eastern conference starters included Michael Jordan, making his seventh appearance, Joe Dumars, Charles Barkley, Berndard King and Patrick Ewing.
For the west, Magic Johnson, Kevin Johnson, Chris Mullin, Karl Malone and David Robinson started.
Charles Barkley was named MVP.
Chicago Bulls’ Craig Hodges took home the win for the 3-Point Shootout contest.
SLAM DUNK CONTEST
Dee Brown of the Boston Celtics became the first player from the franchise to win the Slam Dunk Contest.
The game brought 23,530 people to the Charlotte Coliseum, a building that does not exist anymore. City officials later sold the property and the building was imploded in 2007. It was the NBA’s home to the Charlotte Hornets, previously known as the Charlotte Bobcats from 1988 to 2002. The team moved to the Time Warner Cable Arena, now known at Spectrum Center. The Charlotte Sting also played games in the arena.
Get ready Charlotte! The ball is now in our court.