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.
3. Ewing, Starks, and Oakley Represent (1994)
To anyone reading this, the word “1994” most likely brings up a host of conflicting emotions: pride, nostalgia, and joy, but also disappointment, regret, and sadness. The ’94 Knicks were the best team the city had seen since the glory days of the ’70s. Taking full advantage of Michael Jordan’s first retirement, they charged their way to the NBA Finals, only to lose to Olajuwon’s Rockets in a heart-wrenching Game 7. But to be sure, the 1993-1994 is one of the most memorable in Knicks history. For the first time in over two decades, the Knicks were the toast of the Eastern Conference, and they got there with one huge star (Ewing) and a roster full of scrappy veterans and role players. John Starks and Charles Oakley served as perfect complements to Ewing, with Starks able to drain threes when the big man was double-teamed and Oakley offering his toughness and rebounding prowess to make Ewing’s life much easier. This trio was rewarded with places on the Eastern All-Star team, the first time three Knicks players were on the roster since _______.