NBA DECADE: THE 90s
Defining Moments of the 1990s
By Clare Martin
The 1990s were full of thrilling plays, amazing performers and momentous events, all of which helped make it a decade to remember. But what were the moments which really defined the '90s, that had an impact or effect on the game and its fans which lasted long after SportsCenter had moved on to the next set of highlights?
The 1992 NBA All-Star Game
When a team manned by the NBA's greatest stars went to Barcelona and won the Olympic gold medal, it did a lot more than simply reclaim the top prize in a sport which many Americans consider their own. The 1992 Summer Olympics provided a worldwide stage for some of the most talented and charismatic basketball players ever - athletes by the name of Jordan, Bird and Johnson. It gave a tremendous boost to the sport globally, and from Australia to Zimbabwe, more and more people began to play and follow the game. The next decade will continue to show the effect of the 1992 Olympics, as some of the children who were inspired by those games will become players in the NBA (and WNBA), themselves.
The 1994 NBA Playoffs: Seattle vs. Denver
At the 1997 All-Star Game in Cleveland, the NBA 50th Anniversary season culminated in a memorable halftime extravaganza featuring the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. From George Mikan to Michael Jordan, the game's shining stars, past and present, stood shoulder to shoulder on the hardwood floor. Throughout the anniversary celebration, which stretched from opening night in Toronto until All-Star Weekend, a real emphasis was placed on the history of the game, and how that history and the players who built the league from its beginning in 1946, made the NBA what it is today.
Game 6, 1998 NBA Finals
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