2003 NBA Draft Lottery interview with LeBron & Melo | LeBron vs Melo High School Game
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Nice throwback video from 2003 showing a fresh out of high school LeBron and fresh off a NCAA championship Carmelo Anthony being interviewed by ESPN’s Mike Tirico after the 2003 NBA draft now known as the future Miami Heat Championship team. Not joining the “three way” in this video is the Piston’s 18 year old mistake drafted between them – #2 pick Darko Milicic.
“Darko Milicic is not going to have to come here and be the savior,” said Joe Dumars, Detroit’s president of basketball operations. “LeBron is going to have to be the savior in Cleveland, there’s no getting around that. Carmelo is going to be expected to carry a huge load. “We’re going to push (Milicic) to be the best he can be. But, he’s not going to be judged on whether he carried us this year. We think that’s an excellent situation for him and for us.”
Joe D was right about all three and we didn’t write off Darko after his first year either but 10 years later, the Serbian Gangster being picked before a long list of All-Stars and potential hall of famers looks like one of the worst draft decisions of all-time.
Despite Melo coming off a championship and having one of the best freshman seasons in not only Syracuse history but NCAA history, very few GMs said they would have taken the college superstar over the best high school player in the nation for the past 3 years.
“I don’t think there’s a chance he goes ahead of LeBron,” one prominent scout said. “Anthony’s a great prospect, but when you compare his game to LeBron’s, LeBron wins out simply because he’s just got a better feel for the game. I think Anthony will be an All-Star in the league some day, but LeBron has the chance to be a legend. He has a certain feel, a knack, for the game that just doesn’t come along very often. Guys like Kidd, Kobe, Jordan have it. And that’s what separates them from the pack.”
“LeBron’s a once in a decade talent,” a Western Conference GM said. “Teams always say that you draft the best talent, you don’t draft for position. It doesn’t always work out that way, but in this case it will. No one in their right mind would pass on him. He’s about as sure a thing as you can get in the NBA draft.”
During the summer of 2012, the Miami Heat were supposedly interested in acquiring the services of Darko and if they would of signed him then the Heat would of ended up with 4 of the top 5 players drafted in the draft . Carmelo being the exception and exceptional is what the 2012/13 NBA leading scorer is as he prepares for LeBron and the Heat in this year’s playoffs.
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