u damn right I cheered big time ..
then I wonderded why Melo was not picked first in the draft, we all seen little of this HS player Lebron James other than Lebron's classic take over in the Mcdonalds Games.
The Talk on Lebron was big butt Melo won the NCAA Championship MVP .. O.K Lebron was a resident of Cleveland.
When Melo wasnt picked first, my expectation was Melo will b the 2nd picked because Detroit was in need of a scorer in a bad way. Especially when it was their frontcourt bigmen DEFENSE that help them come back in the first round to win a series they were down 1-3 vs Magics HC Doc Rivers & T-Mac a month before the draft. Butt Detroit selected a Euro-player center Darko Millicic with the 2nd pick over the NCAA Championship MVP Melo, when Detroit only had one SF on their roster they selected the previous season with their 23rd pick a athletic defensive 6.9 Tayshan Prince going into his 2nd season in the NBA.
And if anyone ever watched Marquette in 2002, knew 6.4 SG D.Wayne Wade who covered 3 position well on offense/defense was automatically the 2nd pick in the 2003 draft class.
The 17-65 record Denver Nuggets GM Kiki Vandeweigh was not expecting the NCAA Championship MVP player Melo to be available at the 3rd pick.
When Melo join the Denver Nuggets the team had no system, no style, and no PG to run the backcourt.
So drafting Melo had GM Kiki Vandeweigh in the 2003 offseason sign PG-Miller, PG-Earl Boykins, and SG-Barry, to go with the previous roster of SG-Lenard, PF-Birdman, C-Nene, and C-Camby relentless defense to win 43 games with rookie Melo's 42% fg shooting doing all the scoring throughout the 2003-4 season.
When Melo became a Knicks .. the Knicks also had no-system, no style, and no PG to run the backcourt.
The Knicks 2010-11 system was based on 30 plus minutes performance from HC Dantoni's small-rotation of Felton, W.Chandler, Gallo, Amare, 2nd season Douglas, and rookie Landry Fields.