Carmelo Anthony was the second-most-talked-about prospect within the 2003 NBA Draft after profitable a nationwide championship throughout his solely season at Syracuse.
And though Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James was the face of that draft — and finally of the NBA — Anthony claimed that he was chosen by Michael Jordan over James to characterize the Jordan Model.
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Anthony talked on “Uninterrupted” about how all the pieces went down.
“Individuals don’t know my first 12 months I used to be signed to Nike. Proper? I didn’t have a signature shoe as a result of the model at that time limit I used to be the primary signature athlete,” Anthony mentioned. “I keep in mind there wasn’t a plan at that time limit. However LeBron was at Nike, and MJ stepped up and mentioned, ‘Look, I’ll pay half, Nike pay half. Look, I’ll take Melo, y’all acquired LeBron, Converse acquired D-Wade and Bosh.’ My first sneaker I ever performed in with Jordan was a 16.5 or some s–t like that. And I keep in mind … in preseason, the sneaker got here off … I’m not enjoying in one other retro once more.”
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Air Jordans — that are clearly owned by Nike — are the signature basketball sneakers for the previous Bulls legend. After his enjoying days got here to an finish, he added NBA stars like Anthony, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, and now Luka Doncic to his staff. James, then again, joined Nike, and he has delivered 17 completely different fashions of the “LeBron” shoe, which is among the hottest footwear in all of basketball.
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Anthony, a 10-time NBA All-Star who was drafted No. three total within the 2003 draft, spent his first seven seasons within the league with the Denver Nuggets. Throughout his eighth 12 months with the staff, he was traded in-season to the New York Knicks, the place he performed for six-and-a-half years. Most just lately, Anthony joined the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder for one season, after which frolicked with the Houston Rockets for 10 video games in 2018-19 earlier than becoming a member of the Portland Path Blazers this season.
For his profession, Anthony has a median of 23.6 factors and 6.5 rebounds per sport.