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.
1993 NBA All-Star Game a special moment for Utah
Salt Lake Tribune | Feb 17