The 1998 NBA All-Star Game was a pretty amazing event for Kobe Bryant.
At 19-years-old, Bryant was the youngest All-Star in NBA history, and his first appearance was heightened thanks to the game being played at Madison Square Garden, and due to Bryant’s idol, Michael Jordan, being on the opposing team.
Oh, and Jack Nicholson made the trip out to the Big Apple to take in the action, too, and he even asked Bryant for his autograph before the game, which was kind of cool.
In a short film produced by Bleacher Report, we get to take a quick look back at that game in 1998.
It was almost a passing of the torch moment as Jordan would retire later that year after winning his sixth title. Bryant would then go on to become one of the best young players in the game and won a championship of his own just a couple of years later.
Jordan would win the MVP award in the ’98 All-Star Game with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists, while Bryant posted 18 points, 6 rebounds and one assist.