Barkley was chairman of the boards
Feb. 10, 1991 - Few people dared to get in the path of Karl Malone when the 6-foot-9, 260-pound Utah forward barreled to the basket. Charles Barkley, playing for the East squad, took the dare in the opening minutes of the NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte and leveled Malone, drawing a foul.
"He set the tone for the way the game was going to be played," said West guard Magic Johnson.
Barkley, showing few signs of the stress fracture in his foot suffered a month earlier, shunned the idea that this was merely a walk-through showcase for offensive skills. The Philadelphia 76ers forward grabbed 22 rebounds -- the most in 24 years in the classic -- scored 17 points and had four assists in leading the East to a 116-114 victory. He was voted the game's Most Valuable Player.
Among the highlights was a full-court drive climaxed by a trademark basket-jarring, two-handed dunk.
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