Darko Milcic: A Sad NBA Story and a Revival in the Making

March 22nd, 2011 by Joseph Fafinski Leave a reply »
Being selected as the second overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, Darko Milicic was always under pressure and was expected to do great things in the NBA.

He had the potential to be an imposing force in the league, scouts said, and as a Serbian, one of the best international players ever.

When he was taken right after LeBron James, fans didn't know what to think.

Even Darko himself was perplexed.

“I don’t know why they took me with the second pick if you’re not going to play me,” he said. “I never understood that, you know. I was happy being the second pick and all that kind of stuff, but I never knew what I got myself into. I never knew I was coming here not to play. Nobody was telling me anything. Coming from Europe, you know, what do I know? I just wanted to play basketball."

The bitter truth is that Darko didn't have to change the landscape of the Pistons, as they had recorded 50 victories the previous season. This wasn't the case with James and the Cleveland Cavaliers or Carmelo Anthony and the Denver Nuggets, both of whom were expected to build upon

Here we stand, almost eight ...

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