Kobe backed down from no one – even MJ – in his first All-Star Game

MJ and Kobe squared off a number of times during their careers.

 

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For many younger NBA fans, the All-Star Game has had one common denominator: Kobe Bryant. The Black Mamba has been named to a record 18 All-Star Games, claiming the game’s MVP four times.

So as we celebrate his All-Star Game swan song, we revisit where it all began — the 1998 All-Star Game in Madison Square Garden.

Kobe showed no hint of being awestruck, especially when he was facing his basketball idol – Michael Jordan. The Mamba wanted to let MJ know that the 19-year-old was coming for his crown as the best player in the world.

Kobe finished with 18 points and six rebounds on 7-of-16 shooting while Jordan had 23 points, six rebounds and eight assists to take home All-Star Game MVP honors.