Darko Milicic: “It’s just simple, my career was how it was and I don’t miss that. I went to the NBA as a kid, barely 18, didn’t have the attitude I should have had.”
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Darko Milicic: “I thought as a kid that talent was God-given, but it’s not. God gives you talent and you should use that talent with the real meaning of that word. I was stubborn. Maybe being young had something to do with it. There was option then of going to the NBA or staying in Serbia because Hemofarm knew that if I went to NBA they would get more money than they would get if I went to some European club. Here you had poverty and money was there.”
Darko Milicic: “Their system is cruel and I don’t like it. If a young player doesn’t succeed, they don’t look after him. That sucks. You have players who are first or second in the draft that get a chance to play. I didnt get the chance. LBJ is a killer now, but he did get a chance in his first year, he could shoot from the stands if he wanted. I barely got the chance. I had that situation in Orlando where if I shoot from perimeter, my coach Hill would yell, “Pass to Howard.” In Detroit nothing went right. Larry Brown always told me to go near the basket. They offered me a $40 million, four-year contract in Orlando, and then their manager blows it off, out of nowehere. My manager told me he would deal with it. I said OK, but just not Memphis. Anywhere but there. And, of course, I went to Memphis. Then I got injured, didn’t play much.
Darko Milicic: “I wanted to go back to Europe but then the Minnesota offer came. I tried to talk them out of of signing me, I said I won’t practice, I will make trouble in the locker room but they were persistent. They told me give it two weeks, if it doesn’t work you can go. I accepted, it was nice and I played but we didn’t win. Rambis was fired and after Adelman came I realized it’s not gonna work. Pekovic started playing well, and I thought, “Never mind, I’ll come off the bench.” But it just didn’t work. And then I just quit.
Darko Milicic: “I can’t play with American players. They only talked about who dunked on whom, who crossed over whom. I was weird to them because I didn’t think that way.”
Darko Milicic: “It’s all funny to me. I finally get a chance to play and (Mutombo) starts taunting me and daring me to fight. Why would I need that? I didn’t understand half of what he said. I mean, he’s been there 20 years and still doesn’t know the language well enough. Nobody in particular annoyed me, but Kobe Bryant is the dirtiest player with the things he does on the court… But without a doubt he is a beast. He was amazing.”
“I don’t miss basketball. I live very well, thank God. I have my interests, interests in agriculture,” says Darko Milicic in an exclusive interview for Blic.
Former NBA center Darko Milicic, a 7-foot Serb who spent 10 years with various teams after being the second overall pick in the 2003 draft behind LeBron James, has lost his first kickboxing fight. The 29-year-old Milicic sustained a bloody cut on his left leg in the first round of an exhibition match Thursday night against Serbian fighter Radovan Radojcic. The World Kickboxing Association bout had to be stopped in the second round on doctor’s orders. “The next time, it will be better,” Milicic said. “I’m invincible.”
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Gasol signed a two-year deal worth roughly $30 million with the Spurs. The second year of the deal is a player option worth $16 million. Asked if he intended to opt-in Year 2 of his contract, Gasol agreed it’s a safe bet. “My intention is to continue here, and to be here as long as I can,” said Gasol, who will turn 37 before the start of the 2017-18 season.
The question was simple: With half the season complete, is Pau Gasol satisfied with the decision to sign with the Spurs last summer? The answer was just as simple: yes. “It was a great decision,” Gasol told the Express-News. “I came here to have a chance to win a title and we’re second in the league right now, second best record, so that puts you in a position to win a title. That was a priority, and it still is.”
San Antonio Spurs center Pau Gasol suffered an injury during the warm-up period prior to tonight’s Spurs-Nuggets game. X-rays taken at the AT&T Center show a fracture of his left fourth metacarpal. A timeline for Gasol’s return will be determined at a later date.
Steph Curry on being named a starter in the All Star Game, nabbing a spot at the expense of Westbrook, “It’s a big storyline because those two guys are doing amazing things this year. There’s only two spots you can fill. Unfortunately somebody was going to get left out. I’ve been on the other side of that four years ago. It’s how it goes. The fact I get to represent my team in that game and to start is something that I definitely appreciate.”
Some of the players who received votes to start the 2017 All-Star Game? Mo Williams (hasn’t played a game this season), Tomas Satoransky (averaging 3.3 points and 2.2 assists), Khris Middleton (hasn’t played this season after tearing his hamstring in September), Brice Johnson (a rookie who has yet to play an NBA game), Cameron Payne (averaging 5.0 points and 2.0 rebounds in seven games played). JaVale McGee, the Golden State Warriors’ backup center averaging 5.3 points and 2.4 rebounds a game, got four votes.