In one training session the group divided into two teams, Blue (led by Johnson, with Barkley, Robinson, Mullin, and Laettner) and White (led by Jordan, with Malone, Ewing, Pippen, and Bird). Clyde Drexler and John Stockton did not play because of injuries. Daly told the teams to play “All you got now. All you got.” White won, 40 to 36, in what Jordan recalled as “the best game I was ever in” and Sports Illustrated later called “the Greatest Game Nobody Ever Saw”
The absence of Drexler means that Magic and Jordan are matched up.
“The best game I ever played in. The best game I ever played in,”said Jordan to Michael Wilbon, “in the sense that you had no coaching, referees, but not really, and you had 10 Hall of Famers playing against each other, I mean how many times are you going to get that in the game of basketball?”
To see it in person must have encompassed all the feelings a sports fan desires and for the legends playing, it must have meant even more. “The way we competed, and our desire and sweat and trash talking and all the beautiful things about the game of basketball, was illustrated in that one particular game,” said Jordan. He added, “If you culminate everybody in the Hall of Fame and every game they played in and you envision a game being played, that is how the game is gonna be played.”
Michael Jordan against Magic Johnson, Scottie Pippen against Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing against David Robinson… the amazing matchups, and I didn’t forget Larry Bird. He played together with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen.
It’s probably one of the top things in every NBA fans dreams to be in that gym during that game. How incredible it would be to see ten of the best players of all time playing pick-up basketball?