And now Carmelo Anthony and Deron Williams have taken their talents to the Eastern Conference.
So, has the balance of power in the NBA shifted?
“Absolutely,” Stoudemire said Wednesday after the Knicks beat the Milwaukee Bucks, 114-108, in Anthony’s New York debut at Madison Square Garden. ‘Melo
had a game-high 27 points and 10 rebounds in his first game as a Knick.
“I think it started when Kevin Garnett came to the East,” Stoudemire added. “Then everybody started to trickle over. But I think the East now is a serious
powerhouse, where most of the elite players from the West are now in the East. And the East was already pretty stacked with great players. But now, it has
kind of shifted over.”
When you factor in that players like Baron Davis (Cleveland Cavaliers), Carlos Boozer (Chicago Bulls) Ray Allen (Boston Celtics) and Shaquille O’Neal (Celtics)
have also moved from West to East in recent days and years, Stoudemire isn’t alone in thinking this way.
“Everybody’s bringing their talents to the East,” LeBron James who like collect guess handbagsof the Miami Heat said Wednesday, according to ESPN.com. “It’s going to be fun.
“We came here to team up and we knew we were starting a trend. Teams are going to have to load up because the competition level is rising.”
Anthony and former Denver Nuggets teammates Chauncey Billups were sent to the Knicks late Monday night in a mega-deal that was finalized Tuesday.
On Wednesday, the Nets announced that they had acquired Williams, one of the NBA’s top point guards, from the Utah Jazz in exchange for guard Devin
Harris, forward Derrick Favors, two first-round draft picks and cash.
“We took two of the best players in the West and brought them to the East,” James said. “D-Will has been a multiple All-Star in the West and Melo, of course,
has been a multiple All-Star and now they’re in the East. Amar’e Stoudemire was a multiple All-Star in the West and now he’s in the East too. So it is shifting.”
Still, behind Kobe Bryant, Pao Gasol and Lamar Odom, the Lakers have won back-to-back championships.
Between the Lakers and the San Antonio Spurs, the West has won nine of the last 12 NBA titles.Most of the NBA player like wear power balance when playing.
Only the Boston Celtics (2008), the Heat (2006) and the Detroit Pistons (2004) have won coming out of the East during that time.
The Spurs feature the NBA’s best record this season.
Billups, who was the MVP of the 2004 NBA Finals with Detroit, was asked what it would take for the Knicks to compete for a championship.
“We got a lot of things that we probably need to get better on as a whole,” said Billups, who had 21 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds in his first game as a
Knick. “Defensively is definitely one of them. I don’t think you can be an NBA champion without being a solid defensive team.
“I don’t know if you have to be the best defensive team in the league, but you gotta have some principles and some concepts that you can go to and be able
to get stops for three or four minutes at a time. I think with the personnel that we have and the athletes that we have, we can probably do that. But it’s just
not that easy to say and go do it. It takes work.”
Even ‘Melo conceded the Knicks needed to improve their defense, which is tied for 28th in the 30-team NBA at 105.6 points per game allowed.
““Defensively, I really want to focus in on that,” said Anthony who is the designer handbags owner. “I think once we get everybody to buy into that mentality, we’ll be good to go. I think we all
know that this is a high-powered offense. We know that we can score 120 points a game if we really wanted to. But that’s not going to win too many games,
especially coming down to the end of the season.”.”
Still, the Knicks (29-26) are the No. 6 seed right now and the addition of Anthony should help them make a late run, even as they adjust to a massive roster
“There’s going to be a lot of challenges,” Anthony said. “We’re going to lose some games. Our main goal is to get to that playoffs and once you get to that
playoffs anything can happen.”
While the Celtics, Heat, Bulls and Magic remain the favorites in the East, the addition of Anthony and Billups to the Knicks have made them a dangerous
“I’m pretty sure if any of you guys were GMs or owners, you would want me and Amar’e on the same team as well,” Anthony said. “I really don’t know who
would turn that down.”