The Miami Heat will enter the stomping ground of the surging New York Knicks tonight, with the two teams looking to revive a fiery rivalry that had so much life years ago.
It will be LeBron James' first appearance at MSG in a Heat uniform, subsequently also his first appearance there since spurning the Knicks over the summer to join forces with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh to form "The Big Three" in Miami.
Though LeBron really had the opportunity to become "King James" of New York, he has since become more of a prince sharing Wade's throne.
Since then, the Knicks have gotten a king of their own in Amar'e Stoudemire. Although it's obvious that the Knicks have been exceeding expectations all year long, it has been Stoudemire who has individually exceeding expectations, arising as a legitimate MVP candidate.
Stoudemire is tied for second in the league, with Kobe Bryant, scoring 26.7 points per game. He has also been able to lead this Knicks squad like no one in the past five plus years (at least) and has seemingly righted the Knicks' ship towards the playoffs.
While Stoudemire has been receiving ongoing praise for the greatness he has brought back to New York, LeBron equally received as much criticism early on this season, as he and his new Heat teammates struggled to click offensively.
Since then, it has all begun to slip into place for the Heat, who recently had a ten-game winning streak going of their own.
The Stoudemire vs. LeBron (Knicks vs. Heat) led looks to to be just as defining and intense (if not more) as those Ewing vs. Mourning led matchups between the two teams in the exciting 1990s playoff series'.
NBA fans are surely looking forward to this.