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.
5. Kenny Walker Takes it to the Sky (1989)
Kenny “Sky” Walker’s career with the Knicks was, by most counts, a disappointment. After being selected with the fifth pick in the 1986 draft, Walker made a solid effort in his rookie season. Unfortunately, knee injuries would plague him, and he would go onto leave the NBA and play in Spain after the 1990-1991 season (only to return to the league in 1993 as a Washington Bullet). Because of this, Walker’s victory in the 1989 Slam Dunk Contest serves as both a memorable highlight of his career and a depressing reminder of what could have been. A healthy Walker made good on his nickname by putting his freakish athleticism on full display for the contest, despite the fact that his father had died just three days earlier. His Clyde Drexler-beating performance, which was no doubt an emotional experience for him, was both powerful and graceful, combining elements of Larry Nance, Julius Erving, and Dominique Wilkins. A truly underrated Dunk Contest champion.