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Darko Milicic, weird teammate

Former NBA player Casey Jacobsen writes a pretty entertaining occasional column for SLAM. In his latest, he mentions a couple former Pistons who he played with.

Congrats, Darko Milicic, you are the weirdest:

Weirdest teammate… in a bad way: Darko Milicic

It’s nearly impossible to explain the weirdness that is Darko, but he told me one time that he did not keep his money in any bank, nor did he invest in stocks or bonds. “I just keep it,” he told me and then turned away. Looking back, I should have asked a follow-up question. I don’t know if I believe him, but he was making over $6 million that season. That’s a lot of cheddar to stash underneath a mattress! On another note… that was easily the longest conversation we ever had, and that was how he preferred it.

Jacobsen also says exactly what you’d expect anyone to say about Antonio McDyess:

Most Likely to Succeed (after basketball): Antonio McDyess

I played with “Dice” during my second season in Phoenix. He was a good player and teammate. He is smart and humble and treats everyone with respect. If he can’t succeed after basketball, there’s no hope for me.


  • Feb 1, 20123:26 pm
    by Max


    He was pretty weird from the get-go.   I always remind myself when I think of him that he grew up with actual rubble surrounding him and bombs falling from the sky overhead.
    I have a foggy memory of the first week he arrived in Det and was taken to a fancy restaurant.  The officials eating with him pointed out Mariah Carey (I believe) at a nearby table and Darko supposedly wouldn’t even look up from his meal at her when they tried to excite him and stared dully down into his plate without speaking the whole meal.

    • Feb 1, 20125:59 pm
      by Tiko


      I never thought of him in that way.  thats pretty sad.  I actually kinda feel bad for the guy.  misunderstood and out of place.

      • Feb 1, 20128:17 pm
        by gerdz


        @tiko agreed. he came from a different culture and barely speak english. Heck is Mariah Carey even popular in Serbia?

  • Feb 1, 20124:24 pm
    by Emo Dad


    Darko is probably like a pirate and has buried treasure in different places.  I believe Darko also built the great pyramids.

  • Feb 1, 20128:49 pm
    by TheDude


    Well now we’ll know who’s fault it is if Darko’s house gets robbed.

  • Feb 2, 20122:25 pm
    by Tony


    Im a Pistons fan, I grew up in Detroit and am now living in serbia.

    Darko does reflect the culture. Serbian boys are pampered and fawned over by their families, particularly grandmas, sisters, aunts and mothers. To say they are mama’s boys is a a gross understatement. As a result they have sense of entitlement, that every should treat them like their mom.

    As a result many are lazy. Women work and support their families. The young guys are in cafes. It is the weirdest thing about serbia.

    On top of that they can be very arrogant and proud…..and they don’t play defense in hoops or soccer……so after living here I totally understand why Darko flopped.

  • Feb 2, 20122:35 pm
    by Tony


    If joe d had spent two weeks in serbia he would have picked D.Wade or Melo or Chris Bosh or even Josh Howard……that draft is a recurring nightmare.

    • Feb 2, 20123:34 pm
      by Max


      He would never have picked Wade or Bosh if he had not wanted Darko but Melo.
      Wade refused to work out with the team, told them he hated the Pistons and he was generally considered a lesser prospect than Melo anyway.
      Bosh was just never going to be picked ahead of Melo.
      I know he’s good, but I’ve never liked Melo and the Rasheed trade and 2004 title are not a given if things had gone different.

  • Mar 26, 20125:31 am
    by dRAGO


    Milicic was a great talent and he could of  been the best center in NBA today considering the lack of talent .Detroit was a horrible tim  with no talent brutes and  the worst possible environment for a his skill set.Vlade Divac was trained by the best couches in NBA with Magic Johnson  as a tutor and he had a superb carrier .And Milicic was with Ben Walas in many ways one of the worst players to play the game considering how far he went with what he had.If Detroid invested heavily in Milicic they would have a decent playoff tim but they ruined Milicic and them selfs in the proces.

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