10 Greatest Knick All-Star Moments: #5

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.

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3 thoughts to “10 Greatest Knick All-Star Moments: #5”

  1. Go ahead, Kenny!

    Quick thoughts on the latest trade rumors:

    I am hoping Donnie is balancing the potential CP3 situation with the ‘Melo situation. Right now, the Hornets have a pretty good thing going. But I think CP3 could pop loose if this ownership situation doesn’t get resolved. (There are rumors of contraction or a move to VANCOUVER??)

    I think Felton would be an important piece in any CP3 deal and I think trading him for Billups as part of a ‘Melo deal could be detrimental to that. If the new Hornets owners are resigned to losing Paul, a package involving Felton (and Gallo or Fields if it’s the only way to get a deal done) could be enticing. A 35 year-old Billups, whose contract is expiring, not so much.

    If this time next year we were sporting a lineup of CP3-Fields-‘Melo/Gallo-STAT-Mozzy, I’d like our chance a lot.

    (Personally, I love the city of New Orleans and rooting for the demise of the Hornets so that the Knicks can get an upgrade at PG, feels kind of mean-spirited!)

  2. Kenny Walker’s performance during the dunk contest was IMO the best performance ever. He had it all — creativity, power, and big big hops.

  3. There are some wise GM-like minds on this page and I have a question too deep in the NBA salary structure to ask anywhere else. So let me pose it:

    We’ve all read a zillion pages about Melo — and it won’t stop for another eight days. And we keep hearing Melo would like to be in NYC, that he’ll only sign his extension if he arrives at a “preferred destination,” and that of course gives us leverage.

    That extension is continually reported as a “three-year, $65M contract extension.” I’m assuming that means Melo picks up $22/year for three years.

    Everyone keeps saying that Melo wants to sign that before the new CBA, which will have lower salaries. So obviously, Melo wants to get the deal done this week.

    But what do the KNICKS want? Let’s assume that Walsh believes Melo has burned his bridges to Denver and that neither LA, CHI, or NJN are going to show up. Then wouldn’t the Knicks benefit tremendously from WAITING until the new CBA if the max salary for a veteran might be, say $15M/year instead of whatever it is now? Wouldn’t that save the Knicks $7M/year in salary? (I’m making up those numbers, of course. I have no idea.)

    Of course, nobody knows anything for certain and there is huge value in sealing any deal now rather than hoping they’ll land it later. So there is a “certainty value.”

    But in a salary-capped league, don’t the Knicks start to have a strong incentive to wait for the new CBA, especially as they’ll start to see what Dwight Howard and CP3 are thinking, what the new cap is, etc.? I guess my question, in a sentence is this:

    — if Melo is indeed a great add on but a distraction to the search for a top-shelf PG or a defensive/rebounding center, then why not wait until a new CBA is arranged, pay less, and have more room left over for that top-shelf PG or defensive/rebounding center, whenever they might show up?

    What sayeth you all, Knickerblogger nation?

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