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Darko Milicic: ‘If I have to go kill someone on the court, I’ll kill someone on the court’

Darko Milicic is the definition of a draft bust. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft, Milicic has averaged only 6.0 points and 4.2 rebounds per game over his nine-year career. He’s played for five different teams and disappointed all of them, with his last coach blasting him for being a slouch. The Celtics have decided to take a chance on Darko and see if he can help their front court, and he said he is willing to do whatever it takes to contribute. No, literally — whatever it takes.

“I’m done trying to prove I’m the No. 2 pick and that (expletive) stuff,” Milicic told A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com. “This year, it’s all about Celtics, to show that I am a team player. It’s not about me. It’s about us as a team. I’ll do whatever it takes, whatever I need to do to help this team. So now, if I have to go kill someone on the court, I’ll kill someone on the court.”

Easy, big fella. Boston is hoping Darko can provide a big body off the bench to eat up a few fouls and possibly grab a couple of rebounds. If they can get that, the signing paid off. No one has to die.

English is Milicic’s second language, so it’s possible the comment didn’t come out the way he wanted it to. Perhaps he was trying to say something similar to what Kevin Garnett said about dying on the court if he had to, but dying and killing are entirely different concepts. But hey, Doc Rivers might love the enthusiasm.

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Rick Adelman rips Darko Milicic for being lazy and out of shape

Darko Milicic began the year as the Timberwolves’ starting center but has since fallen out of favor and watched Nikola Pekovic replace him. Now the Timberwolves are temporarily keeping Pekovic, who’s been hampered by injuries to both ankles, out of action for a while. And even though Darko is the next center listed on Minnesota’s depth chart, don’t expect coach Rick Adelman to bump him up to the first string. Adelman put the failed former second-overall pick on blast.

“He hasn’t done anything to really give you a lot of faith that he’s going to go out and do the job,” Adelman told the Star-Tribune. “He’s gotten himself out of shape. He hasn’t been as driven as you’d like so when a situation like this happens, it’s time for someone to have their opportunity and get back in there.”

Darko started last Sunday against the Kings but played only six minutes. He’s seen action in just 10 games since the end of January, a disappointing follow-up to a career year (by Darko’s standards — 8.8 points, 5.2 rebounds) for the T-Wolves last season. Mark it down as just another sad stage in Darko’s disastrous career.

Photo credit: Brace Hemmelgarn, US Presswire

Darko Milicic Scores on His Basket (Video)

If there were any way to perfectly sum up Darko Milicic’s career in 15 seconds, this would be it:

Of course the basket didn’t end up hurting his team as Minnesota beat Washington 109-97. Darko actually had 14 and 11 in the game (not sure if they added in his bucket for the Wizards), but he’s still falling well short of David Kahn’s predictions. Crazy enough, this isn’t the first time we’ve had video of good NBA players scoring on their own hoop.

Check out when it happened to Rasheed Wallace and DeJuan Blair.

Darko Milicic Will Never Be an All-Star, Sorry David Kahn

Minnesota Timberwolves center Darko Milicic was infamously picked second overall in the 2003 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons, ahead of superstars like Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. Detroit GM Joe Dumars pulled the trigger on Darko ahead of even Chris Kaman, David West and Mo Williams — all solid contributors who have made All-Star teams. Milicic has career averages of 5.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game, or the elusive career triple-single. During Monday’s Timberwolves-Celtics game, Minnesota President of Basketball Operations David Kahn had this to say about Milicic’s future:

There’s no way. While Milicic is having a “career” year, that’s not saying a lot. This season he’s averaging career highs in points, blocks and assists per game with 9.3, 2.3 and 1.9 respectively. He’s only 25, but in his eighth year in the league it seems like he is what he is — a bust. He’s not the first high draft pick not to pan-out and won’t be the last, but he’s never shown anything to the contrary.

This also isn’t the first time Kahn has made ridiculous statements about Milicic. Kahn and former NBA superstar Chris Webber had an interesting conversation about Milicic last summer, and Kahn was not very happy about it.

Thanks to YouTube user blazersedgeben for the video.