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.
7. Dave DeBusschere Leads East in Final All-Star Appearance (1974)
By the time the 1973-1974 season had rolled around, Dave DeBusschere had cemented his place as a Knicks legend. He was an anchor on the championship teams of 1970 and 1973, along with Willis Reed, Walt Frazier, Bill Bradley, and, in ’73, Earl Monroe, and he had come to be known as one the most tenacious and feared defenders in the league, having been named All-Defensive First Team five times. His appearance in the 1974 All-Star Game was his eighth, and he made it special by leading the East squad in scoring with 16 points. Althought the East lost, this was a fitting way for DeBusschere–who would go on to be named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history–to end his All-Star career.