Upset NBA Hall of Fame member Damian Lillard gets Knicks star nod

New York Knicks star Jalen Brunson came close to becoming an NBA All-Star starter for the East. But fan votes broke the bond between him and Milwaukee Bucks star Damian Lillard.

“Oh wow,” New York high school legend Kenny Smith reacted to “Inside the NBA” on TNT after the All-Star starters were announced. But his former Houston Rockets teammate and NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley walked out, lamenting Brunson’s snub.

“I will never throw shade at Dame Lillard,” Barkley said. “I love him as a person and as a player, but I would have liked to see Jalen Brunson as a starter. I said it last year, I can’t believe what a great player he has become.”

Barkley called Brunson’s arrival in New York “the biggest free agent signing.”

“What Jalen Brunson did for the Knicks, he made the New York Knicks relevant for the first time since Patrick Ewing – plain and simple,” he added.