PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 10 -- Michael Jordan, as he usually does, summed it up best.
Jason Richardson's final flush on Saturday was uplifting for him and the crowd.
After the 51st NBA All-Star Game, Jordan was asked about the play of two of the league's brightest stars, Orlando's Tracy McGrady and All-Star MVP Kobe Bryant. Jordan, who missed McGrady's thrilling pass-off-the-glass slam dunk because MJ was talking to NBC's Jim Gray, said attention must be paid to the NBA's young stars.
"You can't go and buy popcorn. You can't turn and talk to the guy next to you," Jordan said. "If you do that, you'll miss something. And that's what's great about this game."
And that's why we're turning to you. Maybe you were fortunate enough to attend 2002 All-Star Weekend in the City of Brotherly Love. And if you weren't, we know you were glued to the television. That's why we want you to help select the weekend's most memorable moment in the poll below.
Here are the five top moments and why we selected them.
1. Jason Richardson's winning dunk in the NBA.com Slam Dunk presented by RealOne --The windmill reverse
After having his teammates help, spinning a wheel of fortune and having the ball slip from his hands on his second-to-last attempt, Richardson showed how magical the dunk contest can be.
Richardson, free to create on his last attempt, threw the ball ahead of him, turned his back to the basket and windmilled the ball over his head two-handed. The dunk brought the crowd to its feet and was only the second time Richardson ever attempted the dunk.
2. Hall of Famer Moses Malone and Hedo Turkoglu battling during the 989 Sports All-Star Hoop-It-Up
As time wound down in the title game of the inaugural three-on-three tourney, Malone and Turkoglu pushed and shoved each other under the hoop. While they were playing in front of 19,000-plus, it looked as if they would have put the same kind of energy into it if they were on the playground.
It provided an edge to the new event. In sudden death overtime, Turkoglu got the last laugh. He stepped outside the three-point arc and drained the winning three for the International team.
3. Chris Webber and Michael Jordan missing dunks back to back in the first half of the All-Star game
Webber should thank Jordan. Moments before Jordan hammered his dunk attempt off the back iron and into the third row, Webber had the ball slip from his grasp on a dunk attempt.
Webber, whose shiny silver sneakers gave off the impression that he was wearing a pair of TV dinners on his feet, couldn't cuff the ball and it rolled down his arm. The missed dunk bounded out to Jordan, who had a clean breakaway.
Jordan, who said his age makes him go through a checklist in his mind before he takes off, laughed off the miss.
"I had to laugh," Jordan said. "If I can't laugh at myself, then I can't laugh at anyone."
Everything was OK until this point for Michael Jordan. Milliseconds later, he would hammer the ball off the back of the rim.
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McGrady had a different take at Jordan's clanged attempt.
"Everybody misses dunks," McGrady said. "I don't know why everyone's trippin' about it."
4. McGrady tossing the ball off the board, grabbing it, and slamming it home in the first half
Speaking of trippin', McGrady had the whole crowd falling all over themselves with this instant classic. McGrady had a perfect set up. He was headed up the floor with a full head of steam. When he tossed the ball, defender Dirk Nowitzki thought McGrady was lobbing to a teammate. T-Mac then flew by, got parallel to the floor, grabbed the rock and slammed it home.
It was a thing of beauty.
"I think the dunks you saw today on both sides could have won the slam-dunk contest," McGrady said.
5. Kobe Byrant's MVP performance
Before the game, Philadelphia fans cheered Elton John's live rendition of his hit "Philadelphia Freedom." During the game, fans booed a man they consider Philadelphia's Fredo Corleone.
Every time Bryant had the ball, the fans booed the Laker like he had turned against the Philly family.
While Bryant expressed disappointment in the crowd's reaction, we at NBA.com were pleased with his performance, as was West coach Don Nelson.
"You played a great game," Nelson said to Bryant as Kobe left the interview room. "Who cares if they booed you?"
Bryant was focused and phenomenal in his return home. He hit jumpers, turnarounds and slammed home 31 points. After all, who wouldn't want to shine in front of friends and family? Like Allen Iverson winning All-Star MVP in his hometown of Washington D.C. last year, Bryant made sweet music on the court Sunday, even if the noise off the court was discordant.