With all of the rumors surrounding a (likely/probable/possible/questionable/unlikely--you name it) Carmelo Anthony-to-Knicks (or Nets) deal, fans may have discounted the fact that the Knicks currently have a bonafide superstar in Amar'e Stoudemire, who represented the team as a starter on the Eastern Conference All-Star team.
In addition, rookie Landry Fields took part in the Rookie-Sopohomore game Friday night, where he too, was recognized for his excellent play thus far this season.
While adding Anthony would surely ignite New York City even further, in addition to pushing the team closer to being a major contender, it's good to know that at least there were two players, quite impressive in their own right, representing the New York Knicks.
The two surely did not disappoint. Though Fields is often praised for his maturity and fundamentals, he held his own against some the league's most flashy young talent, finishing with 15 points and 6 rebounds. While still obviously a rookie, that same 15 and 6 may soon become known as a solid, "classic" performance that Fields is used to displaying.
When it came to Sunday's big event, the NBA All-Star Game, Knicks fans were certainly excited as Stoudemire was named the first Knicks starter in the game since Patrick Ewing in 1992. He absolutely seemed to relish the opportunity and bask in that same glory all night long.
The energized and high-powered Stoudemire finished with a team-high 29 points, even playing through the fourth quarter, as he converted a number of jump shots, as well as an array of dunks along the way. The MVP candidate shot 11 of 20 from the field and logged 28 minutes on the floor.
While any representation during NBA All-Star Weekend is a positive one, it was an absolute bonus for the relevant-again New York Knicks to be represented so well (Carmelo or no Carmelo) during the league's showcase for its most talented players.
Stoudemire continues to prove himself the right man to be the face of the franchise, and as Fields continues to shine, hopefully he can ultimately be part of the long-term future as well.