You think Darko Milicic hasn’t heard that he’s a colossal bust? You think he hasn’t caught wind of the jokes? Trust me, Darko has heard it all. He knows that his career hasn’t stacked up to the expectations, and that his body of work adds up to a player with limited upside and very little impact on the game.
Yeah, Darko is to the NBA what Vanilla Ice is to rap: A one hit wonder who washed out almost immediately after hitting the bigtime.
But, you know what? Darko, like Ice, is out to reinvent himself. He wants to contribute to a winning team and a winning organization. He wants to do the things that he’s capable of doing, and in the process help his team win a championship.
Hats off to Darko.
Get off his back.
Darko knows he won’t be starting in Boston, and that he’ll be a roll player who likely won’t see regular minutes as a part of Doc Rivers’ rotation. But he’s good with that. As long as he’s able to work hard and stay ready, he knows that he’ll have his opportunities throughout this long grind of a season.
And if he proves that he can be productive, he knows that he has a shot at convincing Doc to utilize him more than originally planned.
I like Darko. I hope it works out. I hope he’s more than just size insurance. I want him to listen to Kevin Garnett and listen well, because KG will do his very best to coach Darko into becoming a better player. Does that mean Darko would magically transform himself into an All-Star? Not even close. Never going to happen.
But if Darko maximizes Darko, then we’ve got a vastly improved player on our hands.