Just imagine, 16 players seeded according to height, playing four rounds of games—say, first to five points, all buckets counting for one point, loser's ball, call your own fouls, three-point arc is the take-back line.
It started out lighthearted, the pair of East All-Stars smiling while trading jumpers—yes, Shaq was hitting jumpers. Then one of Jordan's fadeaways rimmed out, and he replaced his smile with this face:
Which I'm pretty sure is Michael Jordan for, "Oh, it's on now."
And what did the Diesel do? Just hit His Airness with Hakeem Olajuwon's signature "Dream Shake."
Jordan played it cool. But this is a guy so maniacally competitive he once punched teammate Steve Kerr in the face for talking back in training camp, so it's probably safe to say the moment stuck with him.
What sort of player would actually win an NBA-wide one-on-one tournament?
Thankfully there's some precedent: In 1971-72, the NBA held a one-on-one tournament with a representative from each team. It lasted the course of the season with players making time to play one another, and the championship was held during halftime at Game 5 of the NBA Finals.