- Ian Begley, ESPN Staff Writer
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BOSTON -- For Tyson Chandler, Thursday's All-Star bid was long overdue.
But the Knicks' big man was grateful to finally get the nod in his 12th season. According to Elias, Chandler and Vlade Divac are the only players to earn their first bids in their 12th seasons.
"I'm just very thankful," Chandler said after the New York Knicks' win over the Boston Celtics. "Thankful first for my teammates for putting me in the position to make the team and then of course for the fans that voted for me 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."
Chandler put up All-Star-like numbers, leading the NBA in field goal percentage (thanks to an array of shots close to the basket) by a wide margin. Chandler entered play Thursday shooting .674. Tiago Splitter is second with a .603 shooting percentage.
Chandler is also scoring 12.2 points per game, to go along with 11.0 rebounds and one block.
"I'm just thankful that my effort has been recognized," the big man said. Chandler will join Carmelo Anthony as the Knicks' representatives for the Feb. 17 game in Houston.
MELO'S BODY GUARD: Carmelo Anthony's personal body guard was with him in Boston, but the Knicks' star said that's standard operating procedure. He has the guard with him for all road games.
Anthony was in the midst of a hostile environment, so some assumed that the guard was there to protect him from any trouble at the TD Garden.
Not so, says Anthony.
"He goes on every road trip," the Knicks star said.
Anthony was booed loudly throughout the night.
Boston security at the Celtics' home arena were confiscating any signs or paraphernalia with references to cereal.
AMAR'E GETTING STRONGER: Mike Woodson was impressed by Amar'e Stoudemire's play on Thursday.
The Knicks forward finished with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocked shots in 20 minutes. Stoudemire was on the floor for the final five minutes of the game, a sign that Woodson is confident in the $100 million man's progression from knee surgery.
He had a big tip-in with a little more than three minutes to play to give New York a four-point lead.
"He’s more active now. Obviously his knee is starting to feel a lot better," Woodson said.
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BOSTON -- For Tyson Chandler, Thursday's All-Star bid was long overdue. But the Knicks' big man was grateful to finally get the nod in his 12th season.