NBA All-Star crowd erupts at sight of Michael Jordan


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What was once the king’s home was overtaken by the GOAT on Sunday night. At the NBA All-Star Game halftime, the league’s 75 greatest players of all time were honored, including the the best player, Michael Jordan, whose surprise appearance rocked Cleveland’s Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

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MJ’s input was really needed. The league had already chased viewers with a Saturday night dunk contest that had all the excitement of a colonoscopy.

Few expected Jordan to take part in this year’s All-Star festivities since chilly Cleveland, so his roughly 15-second introduction fired up those in attendance, including All-Stars past and present.

MJ’s entry drew the loudest and longest cheers of the night, easily eclipsing a 50-point performance from Steph Curry and a game-winning shot from hero/villain LeBron James.

Jordan and James even engaged in a hug and chat after the ceremony, during which Jordan likely reminded LBJ that he won six titles in one city alongside Bill Cartwright, Bill Wennington and Luc Longley at center – while LeBron bounced from town to town, handpicking Chris Bosh and Anthony Davis to hold the job.

They could also have talked about the best place to dine in Cleveland, but whatever.

One conversation that needs no interpretation was the exchange between Jordan and Lakers legend Magic Johnson. Unsurprisingly, MJ used the chatter to challenge his longtime friend and rival:

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“Where are your shoes? We can go play one-on-one, you and me, now!”

Some may consider Cleveland’s Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse to be the home LeBron built, but make no mistake, it’s ruled by Jordan rules.


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