When Carmelo Anthony was a member of the Denver Nuggets, the Western Conference in the NBA had all the power. But soon after Melo was traded to the New York Knicks, that power began to shift and now with the Miami Heat, Brooklyn Nets, Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls and Melo’s Knicks set to battle, the power is back in the NBA’s Eastern Conference.
Melo knows this very well and he’s been preparing to face stiffer competition this season.
Per ESPN New York:
Since Michael Jordan retired in 2003, the West developed into the dominant conference, fueled by deeper teams, increased star power and — most importantly — more championships. Even when the Miami Heat won the NBA Finals in 2012 and ’13, the Eastern Conference overall was still a bit weaker.
But entering this season, Carmelo Anthony knows it’s a whole new ballgame: The Eastern Conference’s top five teams — the Heat, Bulls, Pacers, Nets and Knicks — could all compete for the No. 1 seed, according to ESPN’s “Summer Forecast.” And Melo feels the East is now more competitive than its conference counterpart.
“When I was in the Western Conference, everybody was talking about how the West is so much better,” he told ESPNNewYork.com on Wednesday. “But now, the power has shifted back into the Eastern Conference, so we’re ready. We’re excited about that.”