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.
6. David Lee Gets His Due (2010)
From 2006 until the summer of 2010, David Lee was arguably the only consistent bright spot on a series of Knicks teams that were responsible for many headaches among the readers of this blog. In the few seasons following his drafting in 2005, Lee would go on to become one of the hardest-working big men in the league, finally reaching his peak in 2009-2010, when he averaged 20.2 points and 11.7 rebounds per game. That same season, he was finally rewarded for his solid play, when David Stern named him an All-Star reserve as a replacement for Allen Iverson. Lee was the first Knick All-Star since Latrell Sprewell and Allan Houston made the team in 2001, and many fans thought his selection was overdue by a year or two. Despite limited minutes in the game and a stat line nowhere near as impressive as the one from the 2007 Rookie-Sophomore game , he exhibited some real enthusiasm, as you can see in the above video.