• Michael Jordan arrives in the nick of time for the NBA 75th-anniversary celebration
  • Jordan comes face-to-face with LeBron James, the same man often compared to him
  • James credits Jordan for his game-winning fadeaway jumper in the All-Star Game

Michael Jordan has been known to make a grand entrance wherever he goes.

Just when most thought he would not be around at the All-Star Weekend festivities, the NBA legend somehow managed to make it in the nick of time.

There was a cloud of uncertainty before the NBA All-Star Game with the 59-year-old spotted attending the Daytona 500, where Jordan’s 23XI had two cars competing.

The anxiety grew, even more, when Jordan missed the pre-game photoshoot with the 75th Anniversary Team–the reason why most felt that the Charlotte Hornets team owner might be missing the occasion.

It was sensible to expect that considering Jordan would have to hustle from the Daytona International Speedway and board his private jet to head straight to Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio before halftime ended.

Surprisingly, it was what “His Airness” did as he was able to join other players on the red carpet. He was the final player to be announced at the NBA 75th Anniversary ceremony.

Aside from that, Jordan was pretty much himself as he joined his fellow players. A video captured by Yahoo Sports even showed the five-time NBA MVP sharing some laughs with another legend in Earvin “Magic” Johnson.

Jordan challenged Johnson to a game of one-on-one, something that any NBA fan would love to see as a highlight for these kinds of events.

Other than Johnson, Jordan went on to embrace other players who were part of the star-studded cast.

But there may be nothing more special than seeing Jordan exchange hugs and pleasantries with another Laker and someone who has been often compared to him–LeBron James.

Ironically, James would carry this on in the All-Star Game to lead Team LeBron to a 163-160 win over Team Durant.

The four-time NBA champion finished with 24 points, six rebounds, and eight assists in 36-minutes of action.

But there was nothing perhaps more epic than James’ game-winner, a fadeaway jumper that was inspired by no less than Jordan himself.

It was a great way to cap the NBA All-Star Weekend with James ironically showing Cleveland fans glimpses of his game-winning ways.

Michael Jordan and LeBron James
Michael Jordan and LeBron James interact after the presentation of the NBA 75th Anniversary Team during the 2022 NBA All-Star Game at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on February 20, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio. Getty Images | Jason Miller