As you may know, on Sunday February 20th Amar’e Stoudemire will become the first Knick to start in the NBA All-Star Game since Patrick Ewing did so in 1992. In honor of this momentous occasion, I decided to take a look back at the ten greatest moments in Knicks All-Star history, including a couple great moments from the larger All-Star Weekend. Some of these come from the recent past, while others date back to a time before I, and perhaps some of you, were alive. What all these moments have in common is that they show that Knicks players know how to step up for the Midseason Classic.
10. Richie Guerin Serves as Wilt’s Lieutenant (1962)
Although his East teammate Wilt Chamberlain stole the show in the 1962 game by scoring 42 points and grabbing 24 rebounds, Knicks guard Richie Guerin had an impressive showing as the squad’s second fiddle, dropping 23 points on 10-for-17 shooting in 27 minutes. This was the fifth of six All-Star appearances for Guerin, a Bronx native and fan favorite, and though he and Chamberlain made for an impressive duo, they couldn’t match a powerful West team led by Oscar Robertson, Bob Pettit, and Elgin Baylor. The East fell 150-130.