The 2003 Cavs Didn’t Sound Very Impressed With Incoming Rookie LeBron James
On this day in history, 2003, the Cleveland Cavaliers made the easy decision of selecting hometown kid LeBron James from St. Vincent-St. Mary High School with the #1 pick in the 2003 NBA Draft. Although most basketball in Cleveland were praising the lord for the arrival of the high school phenom Sports Illustrated called “The Chosen One,” a few players on the Cavs weren’t joining the choir.
Here’s a news report from 2013 with Big Z, Wrong Way Ricky, Carlos Boozer, Smush Parker and former prep to pro player Darius Miles talking about the 18-year old who hangs with Jay-Z and already had a $100 million Nike deal.
“We have better players than him in his position already on our team.” Said a pre-shoe shine Boozer.
Ricky Davis, who was rumored to say he thought LeBron was coming in to help give him the ball (I have never found any proof of this quote but it’s pretty damn funny), said LeBron would help make things easier.
Kobe’s favorite former teammate, Smush Parker, said he expects LeBron to “have an immediate impact like a Caron Butler on the Miami Heat.”
Darius Miles added he didn’t think you could bring in a high school player and expect him to turn a team around but if he comes, “he can just hop on their bandwagon.”
How many times did you do a Homer Simpson “D’OH!”
As you know, LeBron did turn the team around, made a bigger impact than Caron Butler did with the Heat and showed he wasn’t just the best player in his position on his team but he was the best player in his position in the league.
Top 2003 NBA DRAFT PICKS
- LeBron James, Cle
- Darko Milicic, Det
- Carmelo Anthony, Den
- Chris Bosh, Tor
- Dwyane Wade, Mia
- Chris Kaman, LAC
- Kirk Hinrich, Chi
- T.J. Ford, Mil
- Mike Sweetney, NY
- Jarvis Hayes, Was
Other Notables: David West (18), Boris Diaw (21), Kendrick Perkins (27), Josh Howard (29), Mo Williams (47), Kyle Korver (51)