LeBron: Melo trade 'great for NBA'

MIAMI -- With friend Carmelo Anthony joining him in the Eastern Conference, LeBron James thinks the NBA is benefiting.

“I think it is great for the NBA, the Knicks are back,” James said of Anthony being traded to New York. “The other teams are trying to compete [with the Heat] and I think that is great.”

James, who will face Anthony and the Knicks Sunday night on ESPN, was asked about Chris Paul’s toast at Anthony’s wedding last summer. In the speech, Paul suggested he and Anthony would hope to join Amare Stoudemire on the Knicks. Reportedly, James advised Anthony that night to try to get to New York, as well.

“They could add Chris and then it would be all the way true,” James said. “So guess it’s not true yet.”