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.
2. Walt Frazier’s MVP Performance (1975)
By 1975, Walt “Clyde” Frazier was an absolute mega-celebrity in New York City. In his seven seasons with the Knicks prior to 1974-75, he had become not only the Knicks’ top scorer, passer, and defender, but he had asserted himself as one of the largest personalities in New York sports history. Today, especially among younger fans, Clyde is often remembered more for his flashy clothes and cars than his on-court talent. If you go back and watch videos of the man in his prime, though, it becomes instantly clear that there was nothing worth more attention than his fluid, effortless style of play. Nowhere was his incredible play more evident than at the 1975 All-Star game, where Frazier scored 30 on 10-for-17 shooting, and contributing four steals and five rebounds. The above video is fairly deficient in Clyde highlights, but check out a flawless behind-the-back bounce pass from Frazier at #7.