HoopsHype Darko Milicic rumors

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Now, it seems, we have our answer ... and, as befitting one of the more singular characters in recent NBA history, it's a pretty bizarre one. Lloyd Dobler once famously called kickboxing "the sport of the future," and according to a translation of a report by NBA Serbia, it also appears to be the sport of Darko's future: The top-ranked Serb in the history of the NBA draft, Darko Milicic, will officially become a kickboxer on Wednesday at the Falkensteiner Hotel in Belgrade, when he will officially sign a contract with the World Association of Kickboxing Organizations (WAKO). Milicic will sign a contract with Barbara Falsoni, director of WAKO PRO, who will also announce the famous basketball player's first kickboxing match. For the last year and a half, Milicic has not played basketball, but only done individual training and various strength and conditioning programs. There is no doubt he will have a lot of work to do to find his way around in the ring. However, he is not the first Serbian basketball player to dedicate himself to combat sports. Before he did it, so did Igor Rakocevic, former captain of Red Star Belgrade. Yahoo! Sports

September 22, 2014 Updates

Darko Milicic, the second pick in the 2003 NBA draft, is apparently giving up on basketball to be a kickboxer. According to a report on NBASerbia.com, Milicic will sign a contract Wednesday to become a professional kickboxer in his native Serbia. The story, headlined "Darko Milicic put an end: Goodbye NBA career, good afternoon kick-boxing!" according to Google Translate, says Milicic's first fight will also be announced Wednesday. He hasn't played in the NBA in almost two years, but he's only 29 years old. At 7 feet tall, 275 pounds, who's going to want to fight him? Sports Illustrated

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Darko Milicic, former NBA basketball player, attended a meeting held by Serbian Radical Party in Novi Sad, where he expressed his support for The Hague indictee Vojislav Seselj. “What hurts me is that we Serbs, in our Serbia, cannot behave as Serbs. That is a problem. The man has been in The Hague for 10 years, and we can’t say his name here in Serbia. Our neighbours, with whom we had issues, welcome their ICTY indictees as heroes, they have billboards,” said Milicic. “Here in Serbia, we mention Seselj and get arrested. A lot of my friends ask me if I believe it was smart to come to the meeting of Radicals. And I said that I have never in my life though about whether something is smart, but I have always done as my heart told me to. From what I have seen on the TV in the trial to Seselj, I can only congratulate Vojislav on his posture and I hope we will soon see him here. Kosovo is Serbia. Cheers!” he added. In Serbia News

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"Whenever you take a raw, young player, there's a risk to it," Dumars said. "I don't know if you can ever eliminate the risk of taking young big men. I just think you have to have faith that if you take a young big and it doesn't work out, I don't think you can be gun-shy about the next young big that comes along, like an Andre. There's no foolproof method to this. There's no exact science to this. We saw Andre and the thought of not taking him because Darko didn't work out never entered the equation. Not even remotely. It's a part of this business." Grantland

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Darko Milicic is in Italy these days to participate at the World Carp Classic 2013 in Bolsena. The former NBA player is still free agent after he left the Boston Celtics early last season. Sportando

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Chauncey Billups said if Pistons had drafted Melo or Bosh rather than Darko, they might have won multiple titles: “If he had drafted either Melo or Bosh, I think maybe that whole team would still be together,’’ Billups said. “We probably would have more championships down the road. But this is the NBA and things happen. But, of course, I always think about that.’’ Sulia

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David Kahn: Darko, we played Darko. Kurt Rambis and Dave Wohl both were big proponents of making the trade. And once we obtained Darko, I could see what they were talking about. Darko has enormous skills. Both Kurt and Bill Laimbeer played the big-man position in the league and they felt if it ever worked out for him psychologically, he could be one of the top three or four centers in the league. And gain the risk point was quite low when we made the trade and even the contract we gave him that many people talked about was really no more than what a backup center gets in our league this days, about $4 million a year. We didn’t pay him as a starting center even though we had him ticketed as our starting center. So I think there were some reasons to do it and I recognize those reasons even today. One of the things I wished we had done a better job of there was, I only learned after he left, I think there were some family pressures. He had so many visitors, so many family members here at times, there was a lot of pressure and stress in his life that maybe it would have helped to overcome. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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When I mentioned the name Darko Milicic, who was infamously picked by the Detroit Pistons behind LeBron James and ahead of Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in 2003, a scout who played in the league said, “Darko didn’t want to play basketball. You can see Alex does.” Baltimore Sun

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The Detroit Pistons had the chance to draft Anthony in 2003 but instead used the second overall pick on Darko Milicic, who was drafted after LeBron James and before Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Milicic won a title as a rookie but played sparingly. He never lived up to his pre-draft hype and the Pistons’ demise was accelerated because of it. “That’s a big what if,” Wallace said of the Pistons not drafting Anthony. “It was possible. They went with who they went with. That’s the best I can say about.” Asked if two or three titles would have been possible had the club selected Anthony second overall, Wallace said: “Hell yeah, with the squad we had. We were running the East for six years. But it just wasn’t in the cards for us.” New York Daily News

November 21, 2012 Updates

The Boston Celtics announced today that they have waived center Darko Milicic. “Darko has asked us to release him so he could deal with a personal matter,” said Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge. “The whole Celtics family wishes Darko and his family well.” NBA.com

His desire to help his loved ones is the reason why he left them in the first place at the age of 13. Milicic grew up the son of two parents with little knowledge of basketball. Sports and athletics were not a priority for the family in Yugoslavia. They were trying to make it each day in a war-torn country. "My parents did everything they could to survive," Milcic recently told CSNNE.com. "They did a lot of stuff, a lot of stuff. My mom was working a lot of jobs in her life, my father too. My father also worked on the side to make money." CSNNE.com

The 13-year-old would have to live on his own and learn how to support himself. Milcic made the move. "[I lived] by myself," Milicic, now 27, said. "I was making money then playing basketball, I signed a contract when I was 13. It's easy [to support yourself] because we go through a lot of [stuff] as young guys back home, so we are by 13 already grown. You can go by yourself. It wasn't hard for me. During the bombings we went through a lot of [stuff]. For me, it was good to play basketball. I didn't think about [being on my own] because it was just two hours from home." CSNNE.com

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