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.
8. Nate Robinson’s First Dunk Contest Victory (2006)
This, the first of Nate Robinson’s three Dunk Contest victories, was rather controversial. If you will remember, Andre Iguodala delivered two dunks with perfect scores of 50 in the first two rounds. The five-foot-nine Robinson memorably forced a “Dunk Off” tiebreaker by matching Iguodala’s perfect score in Round 2 after receiving a vertical bounce from and leaping over little-guy predecessor Spud Webb. In the Dunk-Off, Iguodala easily completed a between-the-legs reverse with plenty of hang time, to the tune of a 46 from the judges. Robinson, after 16 failed attempts, finally completed a wacky circus jam that started with him jumping up at the three-point line, juggling the ball between both legs, one at a time, and while still in midair, tossing the ball of the backboard and catching it to deliver a strong one-hander. His 47 points were enough to best Iguodala, a fact which at least 207 people are still very upset about. Robinson would go on to win two more Dunk Contests, becoming the first ever three-time champion.