As CBSSports has reported, former Detroit Pistons #2 draft pick and Serbian bad-boy Darko Milicic is done with the NBA. His career was forever tainted by his high selection, with Carmelo Anthony, Chirs Bosh, and Dywane Wade taken directly after him. The bruising big-man never developed any elite NBA skill, and bounced from bad situation to bad situation before the Timberwolves gifted him with a pedestrian (for the NBA) but still jaw-dropping (for a person) amount of money. Unfortunately for Darko, even in that most friendly and forgiving of environments, he failed to make an impact. He made one last stop in Boston, but was home in time for dinner, and then promptly returned to the old country. And now, he’s calling it quits, and CBSSports gifts us with a rough Serbian translation of some awesome passive aggressive sniping:
“No more chances. This is a done deal. Bygone. Hence I wear a lot of bad experiences. Guilt is mutual, it was bad moves with their with my hand. However, is not worth more to talk about. They think they should to play a supporting role and wait for his chance. understand why they have such an attitude. My NBA career speaks to me for such a player, and I know I’m not. “
I come here not to bury Darko or laugh at him too much. Great expectations can crush even the biggest among us, and Darko was a very, very big guy. And yes, perhaps Dywane Wade or Carmelo Anthony might have come in handy on a team that had just made a deep run into the playoffs. Who knows? The Pistons got their championship the hard way and Darko’s been the object of ridicule ever since the moment he wanted to rip open his suit on draft night and reveal a Pistons jersey beneath. Darko was tough and had a lot of moxie, but it just didn’t translate.
Detroit is over it. You want to say goodbye to the NBA Darko? Well. Okay. Bye, dude. Best of luck.
The Pistons also drafted Carlos Delfino that year. He was supposed to be the next Manu Ginobli.