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Today in Performance Sneaker History: Mitch Richmond Wins All-Star MVP in Nike Air Flight One

With the 2013 NBA All-Star Weekend on the horizon, many of February’s historic sports moments tie in to the annual showcase of the league’s very best. On February 12, 1995, Phoenix hosted an All-Star Game which, unlike the majority of the ’90s events, did not feature Michael Jordan due to his retirement. Instead, the Eastern squad was led by a starting lineup of Reggie Miller, Anfernee Hardaway, Scottie Pippen, Grant Hill, and Shaquille O’Neal. They went head to head with the Western Conference’s best: Dan Majerle, Latrell Sprewell, Shawn Kemp, Charles Barkley, and Hakeem Olajuwon.

However, the evening’s MVP was actually a player who came off the Western bench: Mitch Richmond. The Sacramento Kings standout was a seven-year veteran at this point, and used his experience to put on an impressive showing. Shooting 10-13 from the field and a perfect 3-3 from the three point arc, Richmond had a total of 23 points along with four rebounds and two assists. MVP-worthy indeed.

The Nike Air Flight One is a ’90s basketball model that is often associated with Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway, and even MJ to a degree. But it was Richmond who laced up the low profile model for the ’95 All-Star Game. Favored for its lightweight performance and Zoom Air cushioning, the Flight One was frequently seen on the hardwood during the mid-1990s. This original black/white colorway was re-released at the close of 2012, and is still available in a range of sizes for the discounted price of $80.

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