1993 NBA All-Star Game put Utah center stage with global event, repeat slated for 2023

1993 NBA All-Star Game co-MVPs, Utha Jazz John Stockton & Karl Malone (Photo:

Utah was the star of the basketball stage in 1993 and will glean the rewards of history repeating itself in 2023.

That's because the Beehive State is hosting the NBA All-Star Game in the next three years - a truly global event that brings with it fans from all over the world. The news was confirmed to 2News' Dave Fox on Wednesday.

2News reporter RaeAnn Christensen talked to Jazz fans who were more than a little excited to learn the All-Star Game will soon be held in Utah.

And more than 25 years ago, fans from all over the globe watched professional basketball's greatest players battle it out at the Delta Center, the second year the arena was completed and now known as the Vivint Smart Home Arena.

Some of those players included Jazz stars John Stockton and Karl Malone. The duo was heralded for leading the Jazz's victory in the Western Conference's 135-132 win, which awarded Stockton and Malone co-Most Valuable Players.

Other players on the roster that graced the paint on the Salt Lake City court were:

Head Coach - Paul Westphal (head coach of the Phoenix Suns)
John Stockton - Utah Jazz
Clyde Drexler - Portland Trail Blazers
Charles Barkley - Phoenix Suns
Karl Malone - Utah Jazz
David Robinson - San Antonio Spurs

Sean Elliott - San Antonio Spurs
Tim Hardaway - Golden State Warriors
Shawn Kemp - Seattle SuperSonics
Dan Majerle - Phoenix Suns
Danny Manning - Los Angeles Clippers
Hakeem Olajuwon - Houston Rockets
Terry Porter - Portland Trail Blazers

Head Coach - Pat Riley (head coach of the New York Knicks)
Isiah Thomas - Detroit Pistons
Michael Jordan - Chicago Bulls
Scottie Pippen - Chicago Bulls
Larry Johnson - Charlotte Hornets
Shaquille O'Neal - Orlando Magic

Brad Daugherty - Cleveland Cavaliers
Joe Dumars - Detroit Pistons4th
Patrick Ewing - New York Knicks
Larry Nance - Cleveland Cavaliers
Mark Price - Cleveland Cavaliers
Detlef Schrempf - Indiana Pacers
Dominique Wilkins - Atlanta Hawks

It was an intense game with the West ultimately claiming triumph in overtime with a win: 135 to 132.

More than 19,000 spectators were in attendance to watch the game marked as a "passing of the torch," according to the NBA.

The NBA reported that Michael Jordan, who scored a game-high 30 points, played in his last All-Star Game before leaving the NBA for the first time (though he would eventually play in five more).

Isiah Thomas, a 12-time All-Star, played in his last All-Star Game. A starter in his finale, Thomas had eight points and four assists in 32 minutes, the NBA stated on its website.

For more information about the 1993 game, click here.