What does Melo do for the Knicks? He could restore a Boston-New York rivalry.Maybe it's Boston's sizable lead atop the Atlantic Division. Maybe it's the amount of time this whole Melo Drama dragged out. Maybe it's the big ransom New York paid to bring Carmelo Anthony to the Big Apple. For whatever reason, Monday's trade doesn't have Bostonians shaking in their Nikes, but things just got a lot more interesting in the Atlantic Division.
As the Carmelo Anthony trade drama enveloped All-Star weekend, even Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers seemed resigned to the fact that one of the NBA's elite was bound for the Atlantic Division. Rivers spent much of Saturday's joint practice teasing Anthony, then a member of the Western Conference All-Stars, and didn't shy away when reporters asked if he had any thoughts on seeing Melo in a Knicks uniform. "None that I like," quipped Rivers. "It'll make [the Knicks] very good. They'll be terrific."