The drought continues.
Eight long years have passed since the Knicks had a participant in the NBA All-Star Weekend's signature event. It's about to be nine.
David Lee's 15.7 points and 11.6 rebounds per game weren't enough to land the Knicks power forward/center a spot as a reserve on the Eastern Conference All-Star team. Lee, who entered last night's action tied with Orlando's Dwight Howard for the league lead in double-doubles with 34, was beaten out by the Nets' Devin Harris, Boston's Paul Pierce, Toronto's Chris Bosh, Atlanta's Joe Johnson, Indiana's Danny Granger, and Orlando's Rashard Lewis and Jameer Nelson.
The Knicks didn't practice yesterday so Lee, considered a long shot by some, wasn't available to comment. But after Wednesday night's win over the Hawks at the Garden, Lee seemed at peace with whatever his All-Star fate was going to be.
"I won't be upset at all," he said. "The most important thing now is our team is playing better ball. Everybody is excited and I think that I'm a part of that."
Still, the upcoming restricted free agent, who surely could have used an All-Star nod as a bargaining chip when he goes contract hunting in the summer, said he wouldn't have minded being a part of the festivities in Phoenix.
"Would I love to be at the All-Star Game?" Lee said. "Sure, it would be a great experience. It would be something that would be really cool for my career and also more importantly to have New York represented there because we have somebody in the dunk contest, somebody in the rookie-sophomore game and then somebody in the All-Star Game. That would be really cool. But that's not up to me."
Shaq picked for West
As for the Western Conference, Shaq is back in the All-Star Game.
After being left out of the NBA's midseason gala for the first time in his career last season, the Suns' Shaquille O'Neal received his 15th All-Star selection. Also selected for Phil Jackson's team as reserves are the Lakers' Pau Gasol, Hornets' David West, Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki, Spurs' Tony Parker, Nuggets' Chauncey Billups and Trail Blazers' Brandon Roy. -- AP