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Amar’e Stoudemire: Knicks were ‘rockstars,’ revived New York’s economy

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 30: Amar’e Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks high fives teammate Raymond Felton #2l against the New Jersey Nets on November 30, 2010 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

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If you thought LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh joining forces with the Heat was the big story of the 2010-11 NBA season, you might have missed the real super team.

Amar’e Stoudemire in The Players Tribune:

It was December 15, 2010. I had just scored 30 or more points for the ninth straight game — a Knicks record. Madison Square Garden was alive — I mean alive— cheering for me, cheering for us. I’d never heard anything like it. I’d never heard love like that before. For the first time in a long time, the Knicks were a team to be reckoned with. We lost by two that night (and only after my three had been waived off at the buzzer) to the Celtics. But more importantly, there was an awakening. Not just in MSG, but in the entire city.

Everyone was going to our games. And if they couldn’t go to the games, they were going to bars to watch them. People were enjoying themselves before and partying after. I swear we single-handedly revived New York’s economy. We were rock stars — me and Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov and the rest of the team. Obviously, being celebrities wasn’t our job. It was fun, but our No. 1 job was to be great basketball players — to win. Still, you can’t beat being a rock star.

Unfortunately for New York’s economy, the Knicks went 26-34 -- including getting swept in the first round by the Celtics -- the rest of the season.

Unfortunately for Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari and Timofey Mozgov, they lost their star status in the Big Apple when traded to Denver in a mid-season deal for Carmelo Anthony.

Oh, what could have been never was.