Posts Tagged ‘Darko Milicic’

Report: Darko Milicic Retiring To Become Kickboxer

Detroit Pistons Announce Draft Choices

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — There are some thing NBA players can’t control. They can affect how hard the work, how much they practice, things like that. But they can’t really control where they are drafted, which is something that always seemed to work against Darko Milicic.

And now, according to a report from NBASerbia, Darko is done with basketball.

Milicic was the second overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, selected after LeBron James, ahead of Carmelo Anthony. At the time, he was a prospect that most people — including NBA front offices — didn’t know much about. There were some reports that Milicic was not only ready but had the type of game that would translate well to the NBA, and his pre-Draft workout apparently was spectacular.

But once he got to the NBA, drafted by the Detroit Pistons, it never came together. His rookie season, the Pistons won an NBA title. Darko got into the clinching game in garbage time… and broke his hand. He bounced around between several teams looking for opportunities for playing time, and he showed flashes of ability and skill. (His passing ability inspired at least one memorable interaction between then-Wolves GM David Kahn and Chris Webber at summer league.)

If this really is it for Darko, he leaves having played ten NBA seasons, a fruitful career for any professional athlete. Unfortunately, that draft position would never go away.

According to the report above, Darko is retiring to pursue a career in kickboxing. And I don’t know about you, but a 7-foot, 250-pound kickboxer sounds like he’d be pretty terrifying to fight, at least to me.

Godspeed, Darko.

(via SI)

Darko Milicic Has Interesting Investment Ideas

by Micah Hart

NBA players, former and current, are killing it with the blogs they are doing for various publications this season, enlightening us with tidbits about some of the dudes they’ve come across in their years in professional basketball.

Former NBA journeyman Casey Jacobsen, currently hooping for Brose Baskets in Germany, is blogging for SLAM Online this season and doled out some superlatives for his most recent entry, including this bit about the strange savings habits of former teammate Darko Milicic:

It’s nearly impossible to explain the weirdness that is Darko, but he told me one time that he did not keep his money in any bank, nor did he invest in stocks or bonds. “I just keep it,” he told me and then turned away. Looking back, I should have asked a follow-up question. I don’t know if I believe him, but he was making over $6 million that season. That’s a lot of cheddar to stash underneath a mattress! On another note… that was easily the longest conversation we ever had, and that was how he preferred it.

If I may take up for Darko for a sec. The kid has been the subject of much ridicule over the course of his NBA career, which tends to happen to guys who are picked #2 in a draft ahead of Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the like. I’m not surprised at all to hear that he is a little strange, or that he could be somewhat antisocial, given that history and given that he got thrust into the NBA spotlight when he was barely 18 years old. I’m no psychologist, but Kwame Brown says being a high-draft-pick bust can make you a little sullen.

As for what he has done with his career earnings? I like to think he’s built himself a pool much like Scrooge McDuck.

My Yearbook Awards [SLAM Online]

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Last night in … oops

by Micah Hart

In soccer, I believe this is referred to as an own goal.

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