Carmelo Anthony Claims Detroit Pistons Promised to Draft Him in 2003

For the final 20 years, the most important “what if?” query that may stand the check of time can be what number of championships the Detroit Pistons might have gained if they’d drafted Carmelo Anthony within the 2003 NBA Draft?

Carmelo mentioned the chance as a visitor on Showtime’s All The Smoke podcast, hosted by Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson. Anthony advised a backstory of how Detroit promised that they had been going to pick out him after LeBron James with the No. 2 decide again in 2003.

“To this present day, I nonetheless take into consideration that. I’m like, they promised me, You already know what I’m saying? ‘We taking you.’ I’m speaking about all the best way as much as draft day, you perceive? ‘We taking you.’ So, in my thoughts, I’m like, ‘I’m going to Detroit.’ …They gained it and I’m like, ‘Ah, my luck.’ If I’m there, I feel they win one other one. I feel we go back-to-back if I’m there.”

“We drove from (Baltimore) to Philly to go watch—it was Detroit versus Philly,” Anthony added. “Larry Brown had already took the job at Detroit, however he was nonetheless teaching Philly. So, we’re within the again and he’s like, ‘We taking you. We taking you.’ I’m driving again up 95 like, ‘Yo, we going to Detroit.’ The entire hood? ‘We Detroit.’”

Historical past exhibits that the state of affairs didn’t pan out that manner. The Pistons now reside in infamy deciding on Darko Milicic with the No. 2 decide as a substitute of Anthony, who fell to the Nuggets at No. 3 or Chris Bosh, who was chosen by the Toronto Raptors at No. 4 or Dwyane Wade who was chosen by the Miami Warmth at No. 5.

Anthony performed seven full seasons in Denver earlier than being traded to the New York Knicks. He signed a one 12 months take care of the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason.

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