The NBA Draft is full of conspiracy theories, from the very beginning. David Stern used to send Patrick Ewing to the ny Knicks, the Bulls are getting Derrick Rose and whether the Cavs to have multiple 1st overall picks, and even to the Mediterranean to get from Zion to Work immediately after the loss of Anthony Davis in the process.
However, one of the biggest conspiracy theories that have loomed around for ages and is one of the 2003 NBA Draft. Everyone assumed LeBron James, from Akron, Ohio, will get the first overall pick, so it was a little bit curious as to if the Cleveland Cavaliers had the choice.
Still, if someone is about to take on the challenge of LeBron’s status as the possible first overall pick that was supposed to be Carmelo Anthony, who was killing it at Syracuse University, and became a national sensation for years to come. In fact, it is even claimed he had a pre-draft interview in which he was the 1st overall pick, and despite the Cavs winning the lottery
“I don’t understand is that the Cleveland Cavaliers had the number one pick, so I’m going to assume that they were going to get him, but we’ll have to see about that (Draft day), June 22,” Anthony said.
The Cavs were tied with the Denver Nuggets for the worst record in the league, but still, Denver has ended up with the 3rd pick, which caused some people to speculate as to the transparency of the Design and the results of the game. Even the old school made in the same interview by saying that he thought that the lottery was rigged:
“I know that’s a little bit of Cleveland was going to be the number 1 to choose, tho. I think they’re up to it, nah, don’t quote me on that,” Anthony was trying to be funny.
At the end of the day, James went to the 1st overall to his hometown team, while Anthony slipped to third, and took his talents to the Nuggets. Their careers took different paths, and their resumes are not exactly the same, but there is no doubt that when it’s all said and done, both of you will be immortalized in the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame.