Carmelo Anthony won't be the lone Knick All-Star this year.

Teammate Tyson Chandler was among the Eastern Conference reserves named Thursday night for the Feb. 17 game in Houston, as voted by the league's coaches. Chandler and Joakim Noah were picked as reserve centers over Brook Lopez, the Nets' leading scorer.

"I'm just very thankful," Chandler said after getting his first All-Star nod. "Thankful first for my teammates for putting me in the position to make the team and obviously the coaches. It says a lot to be voted in by the coaches because it means they appreciate your talent and what you bring to the team."

Anthony had already been voted a starter by the fans for his sixth career selection.


Amar'e Stoudemire is the highest-paid reserve in NBA history and he might just hold that title for the foreseeable future.

Mike Woodson would not commit to eventually promoting Stoudemire to starter again, even though he has used Marcus Camby, Kurt Thomas and Chris Copeland as starting power forwards this season.

Before Thursday night's game, Woodson said he wasn't sure what his starting lineup would be, but made it clear that Stoudemire, who is in the third season of a five-year, $100 million contract, was not under consideration.

"It won't be (Amar'e) starting, no," said Woodson, who settled on a lineup of Anthony, Chandler, Jason Kidd, Iman Shumpert and James White.

Stoudemire has appeared in 10 games this season, all as a backup, after missing the first two months of the season following knee surgery. Stoudemire had been a starter for his entire career but has said he is OK with coming off the bench.

"It's whatever it takes to help us win," said Stoudemire, who had 15 points and nine rebounds in 20 minutes Thursday night.

"That's the ultimate decision for us is to win. Whatever that chemistry brings for us, so be it."

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