The NBA's all-star weekend often disappoints, and this year's still might, even with the race between Dick Bavetta and Charles Barkley. But no one will call David Lee's performance in the annual matchup between the league's best sophomores and rookies underwhelming. The Knicks reserve (!) forward made all 14 of his field goal attempts and scored 30 points in a 155-114 win for the sophomores, who won for the second straight year. Lee was good enough to impress Tim Duncan, "I'm a big David Lee fan. I like how hard he plays. I like how he plays the game. If he continues to develop, he's going to be a heckuva player."
Now, this means almost nothing in the grand scheme of things. Little if any defense was put forth by both sides. Even the warmup event is more talent show than competitive game. But it's still nice to see a Knicks player take home hardware from the all-star weekend for something other than being short. (Nate Robinson still doesn't deserve last year's dunk title.) But Lee's had a great season despite Isiah Thomas' coaching like he gets a $1 million bonus if one of his players wins the Sixth Man Award. This is just another indication of the type of player he is.
Photo of David Lee dunking by AP/Mark J. Terrill