The 1991 NBA All-Star Game was an exhibition basketball game between players selected from the National Basketball Association's Western Conference and the Eastern Conference that was played on February 10, 1991, at the Charlotte Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States. This game was the 41st edition of the NBA All-Star Game and was played during the 1990–91 NBA season.
The All-Star Game returned to Charlotte in 2019, though it was played at the Spectrum Center in Uptown, and broadcast on TNT (the All-Star Game has never been broadcast on ABC or ESPN during the networks' current contract with the league, which began during the 2002-03 season).
|1991 NBA All-Star Game|
|Date||February 10, 1991|
|City||Charlotte, North Carolina|
|National anthem||Bruce Hornsby, Branford Marsalis|
TNT (All-Star Saturday)
|Announcers||Bob Costas, Mike Fratello and Pat Riley|
Bob Neal, Doug Collins and Hubie Brown (All-Star Saturday)
|NBA All-Star Game|
The 8th edition of the Schick Legends Classic took place on February 9, 1991. It consisted of an exhibition match between retired players from the Eastern and Western Conference. The East Legends won 41–34.
The Gatorade Slam Dunk Contest had three of the previous year's contestants, with the notable absence of defending champion Dominique Wilkins. Dee Brown took home the trophy after defeating Shawn Kemp in the final, performing a dunk while covering his eyes with one arm. The scoring system consisted of the total of the two dunks, and in the final round the two best out of three dunks.
|1st dunk||2nd dunk||Total||1st dunk||2nd dunk||Total||1st dunk||2nd dunk||3rd dunk||Total|
|G||Dee Brown||Boston Celtics||48.2||44.2||92.4||49.6||48.4||98.0||48.1||46.4||49.6||97.7|
|F/C||Shawn Kemp||Seattle SuperSonics||47.6||48.2||95.8||48.3||47.3||95.6||44.3||48.0||45.7||93.7|
|G||Rex Chapman||Charlotte Hornets||45.5||49.7||95.2||49.0||46.0||94.0||Did not advance|
|G||Kenny Smith||Houston Rockets||48.5||42.3||90.8||46.6||41.3||87.9||Did not advance|
|F||Kenny Williams||Indiana Pacers||42.3||44.6||86.9||Did not advance|
|F/G||Blue Edwards||Utah Jazz||40.1||44.2||84.3||Did not advance|
|F/G||Otis Smith||Orlando Magic||41.2||41.8||83.0||Did not advance|
|G||Kendall Gill||Charlotte Hornets||40.1||40.9||81.0||Did not advance|
The American Airlines–ITT Sheraton Three-Point Shootout saw Craig Hodges repeat as champion, by defeating Portland's Terry Porter in the final round. Players begin shooting from one corner of the court, and move from station to station along the three-point arc until they reach the other corner. Each station has four standard balls, worth one point each, plus one specially colored "money ball", worth two points.
|G||Craig Hodges||Chicago Bulls||20||24||17|
|G||Terry Porter||Portland Trail Blazers||15TIE||14||12|
|F||Dennis Scott||Orlando Magic||16||12||Did not advance|
|F/G||Danny Ainge||Portland Trail Blazers||18||11||Did not advance|
|G||Tim Hardaway||Golden State Warriors||15TIE||Did not advance|
|G||Hersey Hawkins||Philadelphia 76ers||14||Did not advance|
|F||Glen Rice||Miami Heat||9||Did not advance|
|F/G||Clyde Drexler||Portland Trail Blazers||8||Did not advance|
^TIE Terry Porter and Tim Hardaway broke the tie in a 30-second shooting round.
The 1990–91 NBA season was the Hawks' 42nd season in the National Basketball Association, and 23rd season in Atlanta. Under new head coach Bob Weiss, the Hawks won their first three games. However, after a 4–1 start, they lost nine consecutive games in November, but went on to win 20 of their next 25 games including a 7-game winning streak. The Hawks finished fourth in the Central Division with a 43–39 record. Dominique Wilkins made the All-NBA Second Team averaging 25.9 points per game while being selected for the 1991 NBA All-Star Game. In the first round of the playoffs, the Hawks faced the defending champion Detroit Pistons. The Hawks won Game 1 at The Palace of Auburn Hills 103–98, but would lose the next two games. After winning Game 4 at The Omni, they lost the series in five games.Following the season, Doc Rivers was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers, Spud Webb was dealt to the Sacramento Kings, Moses Malone signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Milwaukee Bucks, and John Battle signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers.1990–91 Charlotte Hornets season
The 1990–91 NBA season was the Charlotte Hornets' third season in the National Basketball Association. After playing one year in the Midwest Division in the Western Conference, the Hornets returned to the Eastern Conference and moved into the Central Division. In the offseason, they signed unrestricted free agent Johnny Newman, who would lead the Hornets in scoring with 16.9 points per game. At midseason, they traded Armen Gilliam to the Philadelphia 76ers for Mike Gminski. The franchise improved seven games over the previous season finishing with 26 wins and 56 losses. However, they finished last place in their division for the third straight season. Top draft pick and Flyin' Illini star Kendall Gill made the All-Rookie First Team, averaging 11.0 points and 1.3 steals per game. Charlotte also hosted the 1991 NBA All-Star Game during the season. The Hornets led the NBA in attendance for the second time in three seasons.1990–91 Chicago Bulls season
The 1990–91 NBA season was the Bulls' 25th season in the National Basketball Association. During the offseason, the Bulls acquired Dennis Hopson from the New Jersey Nets. The Bulls stumbled out of the gate losing their first three games, but it would only be a minor hurdle. The Bulls finished in first place in the Central Division, as well as first overall in the Eastern Conference with a 61–21 record, surpassing their previous franchise-best from the 1971–72 season. Michael Jordan won another scoring title and his second MVP award, while being selected for the 1991 NBA All-Star Game.
In the first round of the playoffs, the Bulls swept the New York Knicks in three straight games. Then in the semifinals, they defeated the 5th-seeded Philadelphia 76ers in five games. In the Eastern Conference Finals, they swept the defending champion Detroit Pistons in four straight games, and advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time. The Bulls would go on to beat the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1991 NBA Finals in five games, winning their first ever championship in franchise history. This season was the first of three consecutive NBA titles for the Bulls, as well as marking the beginning of the legendary Bulls Dynasty, which would net the team another five more championships throughout the 1990s.1990–91 Cleveland Cavaliers season
The 1990–91 NBA season was the 22nd season of the National Basketball Association in Cleveland, Ohio. A year after overcoming injuries to make the playoffs, the Cavaliers were utterly destroyed by injuries again as Hot Rod Williams, who played in just 43 games missed half the season due to a severely sprained foot, and Mark Price missed 66 games due to a torn ACL in his left knee. The Cavaliers played around .500 early into the season, but as they stood at a 10–8 start, they struggled and lost 16 of their next 17 games, including an 11-game losing streak. Despite winning eight out of eleven games in April, the Cavaliers were unable to make the playoffs finishing 6th in the Central Division with a disappointing 33–49 record. Brad Daugherty led the team in points and rebounds, and was selected for the 1991 NBA All-Star Game.1990–91 Detroit Pistons season
The 1990–91 NBA season was the Pistons' 43rd season in the National Basketball Association, and 34th season in the city of Detroit. The Pistons entered the season as the two-time defending NBA champions and looked to win a third consecutive title. The team posted a nine-game winning streak in November as they finished the first month of the season with a 13–2 record. However, they would lose six of their next seven games in early December. Midway through the season, the Pistons won eleven consecutive games, finishing second in the Central Division with a 50–32 record, eleven games behind the Chicago Bulls. Last year's Finals MVP Isiah Thomas played just 48 games this season due to a wrist injury. Dennis Rodman was named Defensive Player of The Year for the second straight season. Thomas and Joe Dumars were both selected for the 1991 NBA All-Star Game, but Thomas did not play due to injury.
Entering the playoffs as the #3 seed in the Eastern Conference, the Pistons won their first series against the Atlanta Hawks 3–2, and their second against the Boston Celtics 4–2. This put them in their fifth consecutive Eastern Conference Finals, where they would be swept by the Bulls and be denied a fourth consecutive appearance in the NBA Finals.
Toward the end of the loss to the Bulls in Game 4, which occurred on the Pistons' home floor at The Palace of Auburn Hills, most of the Pistons' players walked off the court toward the locker room without congratulating their opponents or shaking hands. It was seen as a sign of disrespect by the outgoing champions, and was concocted by Thomas and Bill Laimbeer in response to comments made by Michael Jordan about the Pistons' physical playing style being bad for basketball, and that he felt the league would be happy to see the Pistons lose.
Following the season, James Edwards was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers, and Vinnie Johnson signed as a free agent with the San Antonio Spurs.1990–91 Golden State Warriors season
The 1990–91 NBA season was the Warriors' 45th season in the National Basketball Association, and 28th in the San Francisco Bay Area. The trio of Chris Mullin, Mitch Richmond, and second-year star Tim Hardaway were given the name "Run TMC" during the season. In the opening game, the Warriors defeated the Denver Nuggets 162–158, the highest-scoring regulation game in NBA history. Despite their scoring prowess, the Warriors were limited defensively. The team got off to a solid start winning seven of their first nine games, but later on played around .500 along the way. On February 26, 1991, they lost 131–119 to the Orlando Magic despite the Run TMC trio each scoring more than 30 points (the rest of the team totaled 21 points).The Warriors won their final five games of the season, finishing fourth in the Pacific Division with a 44–38 record. In the first round of the playoffs, the Warriors would again pull of an upset as they defeated the 2nd-seeded San Antonio Spurs in four games after losing Game 1. However, they would lose to the Los Angeles Lakers four games to one in the semifinals. Hardaway and Mullin were both selected for the 1991 NBA All-Star Game.1990–91 Los Angeles Lakers season
The 1990–91 NBA season was the Lakers' 43rd season in the National Basketball Association, and 31st in the city of Los Angeles. This season's highlight was Magic Johnson leading the Lakers to the NBA Finals, where they lost in five games to Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls. The Lakers would not return to the Finals until 2000. The season is generally considered the final season of the team's successful, uptempo Showtime era.During the offseason, the team signed unrestricted free agent Sam Perkins. The Lakers finished the regular season with a 58–24 record, but for the first time since the 1980–81 season, did not win their division. Johnson finished second behind Jordan in the voting for the NBA Most Valuable Player Award. Johnson was the league's third-oldest point guard, and had grown more powerful and stronger than in his earlier years, but was also slower and less nimble. Mike Dunleavy was the new head coach, the offense used more half-court sets, and the team had a renewed emphasis on defense. Johnson and James Worthy were both selected to play in the 1991 NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte.
In the first round of the playoffs, the Lakers swept the Houston Rockets in three straight games, then defeated the 7th-seeded Golden State Warriors in five games in the semifinals. In the Western Conference Finals, they defeated the top-seeded and Pacific Division champion Portland Trail Blazers in six games to advance to the NBA Finals.
Game 5 of the NBA Finals was the last Finals game played at the Forum. It was also Magic's last NBA game before his retirement in November 1991 due to an HIV virus, although he would play in the All-Star Game in 1992 and the Dream Team that summer. Magic would make a brief return to the Lakers midway through the 1995–96 NBA season. After losing to the Houston Rockets in that year's playoffs, Magic retired again for good.1990–91 Milwaukee Bucks season
The 1990–91 NBA season was the Bucks' 23rd season in the National Basketball Association. During the offseason, the Bucks acquired Frank Brickowski from the San Antonio Spurs. The Bucks started the season on a strong note winning their first 18 home games on their way to a 25–8 start. However, they would lose ten of their next twelve games. Ricky Pierce and Alvin Robertson were both selected for the 1991 NBA All-Star Game. At midseason, Pierce was traded to the Seattle SuperSonics for Dale Ellis. The Bucks would make their 12th consecutive playoff appearance finishing third in the Central Division with a 48–34 record, while posting a 33–8 home record at the Bradley Center. In the first round of the playoffs, the Bucks were swept by the 5th-seeded Philadelphia 76ers in three straight games. This would be their final playoff appearance until 1999.1990–91 NBA season
The 1990–91 NBA season was the 45th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Chicago Bulls winning their first NBA Championship, eliminating the Los Angeles Lakers 4 games to 1 in the NBA Finals.1990–91 New York Knicks season
The 1990–91 New York Knicks season was the 45th season for the Knicks in the National Basketball Association. In the offseason, the Knicks signed unrestricted free agent John Starks, who played in the Continental Basketball Association the previous season. The Knicks changed their on-court leadership early in the season as head coach Stu Jackson was replaced by John MacLeod. After a 6–3 start to the season, the Knicks lost eight of their next nine games. They recovered to a 34–33 record near the end of the season, but then went 5–10 in their last 15 games. New York finished in third place in the Atlantic Division with a 39–43 record, and earned the #8 seed in the Eastern Conference for the NBA Playoffs. Patrick Ewing led the Knicks with 26.6 points per game, and was selected for the 1991 NBA All-Star Game.In the first round, the Knicks were swept in three straight games by the eventual NBA champion Chicago Bulls. Following the season, Maurice Cheeks was traded to the Atlanta Hawks.1990–91 Philadelphia 76ers season
The 1990–91 NBA season was the 76ers 42nd season in the National Basketball Association, and 28th season in Philadelphia. The Sixers got off to a 19–8 start to the season, but would lose 10 of their next 16 games. However, they posted a 7-game winning streak between February and March, and finished second in the Atlantic Division with a record of 44–38, which was nine wins less than the previous season. In the playoffs, they swept the 4th-seeded Milwaukee Bucks in the first round, but for the second consecutive year, they would be eliminated by the Chicago Bulls 4–1 in the semifinals. This season would be the last playoff appearance for the Sixers until 1999. The seven consecutive season in which they did not make the playoffs during this span were more than the franchise had missed since their inaugural season of 1950, five (missed playoffs in 1972-1975, and in 1988).Hersey Hawkins finished second on the team in scoring with 22.1 points per game, and was selected for the 1991 NBA All-Star Game along with Charles Barkley, who led the Sixers with 27.6 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. Point guard Johnny Dawkins sustained a major knee injury early in the season and was replaced by Ricky Green, and center Mike Gminski was traded to the Charlotte Hornets for Armen Gilliam during the year.1990–91 Phoenix Suns season
The 1990–91 Phoenix Suns season was the 23rd season for the Phoenix Suns in the National Basketball Association. For the season opener, the Suns traveled to Japan to play their first two games against the Utah Jazz at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, making history by being the two first teams in U.S. professional sports to play a regular season game outside of North America. The Suns got off to an 8–7 start early into the season as they traded Eddie Johnson to the Seattle SuperSonics for Xavier McDaniel. The Suns would post a 7-game winning streak as they won 17 of their next 21 games, ending the season finishing third in the Pacific Division with a 55–27 record. They would face the Jazz again in the first round of the playoffs, losing in four games to the 5th-seeded team.Kevin Johnson and Tom Chambers were both selected for the 1991 NBA All-Star Game. Johnson led the Suns with 22.2 points, 10.1 assists and 2.1 steals per game. He was also selected to the All-NBA Second Team. Following the season, McDaniel was traded to the New York Knicks.1990–91 Portland Trail Blazers season
The 1990–91 NBA season was the 21st season for the Portland Trail Blazers in the National Basketball Association. During the offseason, the Blazers acquired Danny Ainge from the Sacramento Kings. The Blazers won their first eleven games on their way to a franchise best start at a record of 27–3. They would post a 16-game winning streak near the end of the season as they finished with a league best record at 63–19, setting a franchise-high win total that still stands today, and made their ninth consecutive trip to the NBA Playoffs. It was their first Pacific Division title since the 1977–78 season, and ended the Los Angeles Lakers' streak of nine straight years as Pacific Division champions and number-one seed in the Western Conference.
However, after advancing to the Western Conference Finals with a 3–2 win over the Seattle SuperSonics in the first round, and a 4–1 win over the Utah Jazz in the conference semifinals, the Blazers were denied a second straight trip to the NBA Finals, falling to the 3rd-seeded Lakers in six games.Three members of the team, Clyde Drexler, Terry Porter and Kevin Duckworth were all selected for the 1991 NBA All-Star Game.1990–91 San Antonio Spurs season
The 1990–91 NBA season was the Spurs' 15th season in the National Basketball Association, and 24th season as a franchise. After a promising rookie season from second-year star David Robinson, the Spurs would win 17 of their first 22 games on their way to a 30–10 start. However, with Terry Cummings and Rod Strickland lost for long stretched games due to injuries, the Spurs struggled in February with a 4–7 record. The Spurs would bounce back winning 13 of their final 17 games as they won the Midwest Division with a solid 55–27 record. Robinson averaged 25.6 points, 13.0 rebounds, and 3.9 blocks per game while being selected to the All-NBA First Team, All-Defensive Second Team, and for the 1991 NBA All-Star Game. However, in the first round of the playoffs, the Spurs would be stunned by the 7th-seeded Golden State Warriors in four games after winning Game 1.1990–91 Utah Jazz season
The 1990–91 NBA season was the Jazz's 17th season in the National Basketball Association, and 12th season in Salt Lake City, Utah. Early into the season, the Jazz traveled to Japan to play their first two games against the Phoenix Suns at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. With the offseason acquisition of Jeff Malone from the Washington Bullets, the Jazz continued to play sweet music in the regular season with a 26–12 start. They ended up falling one game short of the Midwest Division title with another stellar record of 54–28, as Karl Malone finished second in the league in scoring with 29.0 points per game, and John Stockton led the league with 14.2 assists per game. Malone and Stockton were both selected for the 1991 NBA All-Star Game. In the first round of the playoffs, the Jazz defeated the 4th-seeded Phoenix Suns in four games, but lost in the semifinals to the Portland Trail Blazers in five games. This was also their final season playing at the Salt Palace. Following the season, Darrell Griffith retired.1990–91 Washington Bullets season
The 1990–91 NBA season was the Bullets' 30th season in the National Basketball Association. In the offseason, the Bullets acquired second-year forward Pervis Ellison from the Sacramento Kings. Bernard King provided a great story as he came all the way back from knee surgery he suffered while playing for the New York Knicks in 1985, to finish third in the league in scoring with 28.4 points per game. He was also selected for the 1991 NBA All-Star Game. However, with a nine-game losing streak between February and March, the Bullets struggles continued as they finished fourth in the Atlantic Division with a 30–52 record. Harvey Grant showed improvement averaging 18.2 points per game, and finished second in Most Improved Player voting behind Scott Skiles of the Orlando Magic.Chris Ford
Christopher Joseph Ford (born January 11, 1949) is an American former professional basketball player and head coach. He is known for making the first counted three-point shot on October 1979. A 6-foot-5 (1.96 m) guard, he played high school basketball at Holy Spirit High School in Absecon, New Jersey,
before continuing on to Villanova University.
He played 10 seasons (1972–1982) in the NBA as a member of the Detroit Pistons and Boston Celtics. Ford is credited with scoring the NBA's first three-point shot for the Boston Celtics on October 12, 1979, in a game against the Houston Rockets at Boston Garden. After winning a championship with the Boston Celtics, he ended his playing career in 1982 with 7,314 total points.
Ford later served as a head coach for the Celtics (1990–95), the Milwaukee Bucks (1996–98), the Los Angeles Clippers (1998–2000), and the Philadelphia 76ers (2003–04). He coached the Eastern All-Stars in the 1991 NBA All-Star game. He also served as an assistant with the Celtics and Sixers.
In addition to coaching at the professional level, Ford spent two seasons (2001–2003) as head basketball coach at Brandeis University, a Division III school in Waltham, Mass.
Ford later became a scout for the 76ers. He was also formerly a coaching consultant for the New York Knicks. Ford was at one point considered for the Knicks coaching job in the Summer of 1995 before they decided on Don Nelson.Jackson State Tigers and Lady Tigers
The Jackson State Tigers and Lady Tigers represent Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi, in NCAA intercollegiate athletics.List of NBA All-Star vote leaders
This article lists all-time leading ballot leaders achieved in the NBA All-Star Game fan ballot.
1990–91 NBA season by team