Only two San Antonio Spurs have ever won an NBA All-Star Game MVP: Tim Duncan (2000) and George Gervin (1980). The 2000 NBA All-Star Game was special for a variety of reasons, but the talent being showcased that year, in particular, stood above the rest.
Alongside Duncan, the Western Conference starters were Kevin Garnett, Jason Kidd, Kobe Bryant, and Shaquille O'Neal -- all Hall of Famers. There were more Hall of Famers peppering the bench, including Gary Payton, Chris Webber, John Stockton, David Robinson, and Karl Malone.
Meanwhile, a stacked Eastern Conference squad that included Allen Iverson, Vince Carter, Alonzo Mourning, Reggie Miller, and Dikembe Mutombo was on the other side of the court. As expected, the game itself was one of the greatest All-Star Games ever played and came down to the wire.
Eventually, Tim Duncan and Shaquille O'Neal shined the brightest and were named co MVPs after leading the West to a 137-126 victory. While Duncan had some nice lob finishes and dunks in the game, he had to admit something to Vince Carter something we all knew.
"Vinsanity -- hey, man. That's ridiculous, man," said Duncan. "That ain't no fair, man. I got so little hops and you got so much."
Of course, Carter had just done this the day before:
Carter's performance in the 2000 NBA Slam Dunk Contest will probably never be topped and is one of the most iconic moments in All-Star Weekend history.
While Duncan's 24 points and 14 boards ultimately helped his team topple Carter's East squad, it was all love between the two all-time greats for a brief moment in 2000.
Vince Carter retired from basketball at age 43 after 22 years in the league and is a strong candidate to join Duncan in the Basketball Hall of Fame once he's eligible in a few years.