With the NBA season suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world of basketball can only talk about the past and is hypothetical. Portland Trailblazers forward Carmelo Anthony start in action when recently that he would win “maybe two or three” rings if Detroit Pistons compiled him instead Denver Nuggets.
Instead of taking Anthony overall second in 2003 NBA draft, The Pistons chose Darko Milicic’s all-time bust, which never averaged double-digit points or rebounds. However, both parties succeeded even though their connection was missed. The Pistons won in 2004 The NBA Final while Anthony goes to the Nuggets with a third pick, won the All-Rookie award and developed to become one of the deadliest goalscorers in the game.
However, the sharpness of the Detroit defense combined with Antony’s goal-scoring abilities will make an interesting mix. But former Pistons center Ben Wallace said it would not be a title race, regardless of what Anthony said.
“If we are going to draft Carmelo, I honestly don’t think we will ever win a championship,” Wallace, four times the NBA Defensive Player of the Year, told 120 Watt podcast.
Wallace noted that Anthony definitely wanted to play “soon,” which coach Larry Brown at the time had barely given to beginners. Anthony’s claim is likely, Wallace claimed, could create tension between him and Brown. He also said that Prince Tayshaun “It will never develop into a player who becomes,” the All-Defense choice four times, if Anthony is on the same list.
Milicic, on the other hand, had no such hopes when the Pistons put them together. According to Wallace, that was the right attitude for their team of veterans to have.
“Darko was a man who came and said, ‘I can’t play in this team. I’m not ready to play in this team. Who am I going to play up front? I’m not ready,'” Wallace said. “And with him doing that and accepting his role, it allows us to build and grow, build and grow, become stronger, become stronger, finally win the championship.”
While Wallace said Anthony “would have the potential to disrupt team chemistry,” no one really knew how the pair would change. Talents like Anthony are hard to come by but the Piston team’s chemistry during their title race season is just as rare – and, according to Wallace, not worth compromising.
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