Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks, the Miami Heat's longstanding rivalry with them now has some serious star power. This year has marked a resurgence for the East, and the two old foes have benefited the most by adding two superstars each to their rosters since last season.
LeBron James pointed out after their latest loss to the Boston Celtics that rivalries are made in the playoffs and not the regular season. With the Knicks no longer a perennial lottery team, both teams could be headed to another memorable playoff series that would be a must-see event. For now, James was cordial when asked about the blockbuster trade before the Heat dismantled the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night.
"I know he's happy about it. I'm glad that it's over with for himself and it's always good when a friend of yours can just focus on the game," said James. "I think it's great for the NBA. The fact that the Knicks are back, the Celtics have been back for the last few years and all the other teams are trying to compete. I think it's great."
With a revamped roster also featuring veteran Chauncey Billups at the helm of an offensive attack led by an impressive frontcourt of Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire, Heat guard Dwyane Wade sounded like he'd prefer to avoid the Knicks altogether in the first round of the playoffs by finishing in the top two in the East.