The drought is over. David Lee has been selected to replace Allen Iverson in Sunday's NBA All-Star Game in Dallas.
Lee is the Knicks' first all-star in eight years, since Allan Houston and Latrell Sprewell represented the team in 2001.
Iverson, who was voted as a starter by the fans, informed the league that he would not make it to Dallas because he needed to stay home to be with his daughter, who has been sick. Commissioner David Stern appoints all replacements and Stern appears to have had Lee, who is averaging 20 points and 11.4 rebounds per game, at the top of his list.
The choice is a bit surprising, considering the fact that the Knicks record (19-32) is so poor. There was a prevailing belief that Stern might first choose Shaquille O'Neal, because of his popularity and the fact that the Cavaliers, who own the league's best record, only have one representative in the game in LeBron James.
But two weeks ago Shaq, himself, said that Lee should have been selected among the reserves.
"I feel bad for 'the Human Double-Double'," Shaq said of Lee, who is sixth in the NBA with 30 double-doubles in 51 games so far this season. O'Neal added that he didn't want to take anything away from players such as Atlanta's Al Horford, who was selected over Lee, but "if anybody should have been given a spot, it was [Lee]."