The last time the Knicks had a starter in the NBA All-Star Game, Amare Stoudemire was 9 years old in Florida.
Now Stoudemire is the 28-year-old king of New York hoops, the most important player to wear a Knicks uniform since Patrick Ewing. Barring a last-minute surge by the Celtics' Kevin Garnett, Stoudemire will join an elite group on Thursday night and become the just the fifth Knick ever to be voted onto the All-Star team.
"This is a very big thing for both the franchise and the fans," said former Knick Allan Houston, who played as a reserve in two All-Star Games. "Amar'e is a special player, and it's a special honor."