On This Date in Sports February 9, 1997: NBA 50 Greatest Players

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The NBA All-Stars come to Cleveland as the NBA Celebrates its 50th Anniversary with the unveiling of the 50 Greatest Players. The Eastern All-Stars would win the game 132-120 as Glenn Rice of the Charlotte Hornets was named MVP. The only members of the NBA 50 team not present were “Pistol Pete Maravich, who died in 1988; Shaquille O’Neal, who was nursing a knee injury; and Jerry West, who was under the weather and was not a part of the ceremony.

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