* This story was originally published in the June/July 2005 issue of Complex. 

Chilling in the weight room of Denver’s Pepsi Center arena, Carmelo Anthony stares at the gym as the University of Utah’s basketball team runs layup drills. He’s quietly scanning the court when someone breaks in, “Yo, Melo, you know any of those boys out there?”

“Yeah, no. 4, the real tall dude. I played against him in the Olympics,” Anthony says.

“That’s the No. 1 pick right there,” he adds, getting his Dick Vitale on.