Penny's two for two. Not from the field; instead, it's two All Star Games. Hardaway is well on his way to becoming a fixture at these events, with the dazzling combination of scoring (18 points in '96) and dishing (11 assists in '95).
Year & Club 1990–2003 SEATTLE SUPERSONICS 2003 MILWAUKEE BUCKS 2003–2004 LAKERS 2004–2005 BOSTON CELTICS 2005–2007 MIAMI HEAT
The West Lost to the East in the 1996 ALL STAR GAME, but not for lack of effort on Payton's part. The frenetic guard from Seattle tallied 18 points, 5 steals and 5 assists to keep the game close. In the '95 contest, he was runner up to Mitch Richmond for MVP honors.
Position: Forward Born: February 7, 1973 in Chicago
Year & Club 1996 WASHINGTON BULLETS
Juwan Howard's first foray into the NBA ALL STAR GAME well-reflected his approach to the game during the regular season: professional, workmanlike, grinding out underneath the basket. He snared six rebounds in only 16 minutes, third on the squad.
With SHAQUILLE O'NEAL gone to the Western Conference as a Laker; look for some terrific matchups between Shaq, arguably the game's top offensive center, and 'Zo, certainly among the NBA's most active defensive pivots.
Few rookies get a chance to play in an NBA All Star Game; very few get to start. Shaq was the first rookie starter in the NBA's mid-season classic since Michael Jordan in 1985. Infact, at 20 years old he was the youngest participant ever in the game's history.