The Knicks’ Darko Milicic has told the New York Post that he is going back to Europe at the end of this season no matter what. I guess DNP’s in 15 out of the last 16 games will do that to a guy who was once the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA Draft. Plus, the Knicks signed The Ghost of Jonathan Bender – a dude who literally hasn’t played in years (and wasn’t really very good when he was playing)
and who will almost certainly get PT ahead of Darko when he’s activated on Sunday.
So Darko’s bouncing, and he’s making no bones about it.
“Whatever happens, I’m going back next year,” the 7-foot-1 Milicic said after yesterday’s Knicks practice at Moody Bible Institute. “It’s 100-percent certain. I have to be real and not lie. I’m not going to get it done in the NBA. I’m not going to get another opportunity and there’s nothing wrong with going back to Europe. I don’t want to create a bad atmosphere here, but it’s not working in the NBA.”
And he added this:
Milicic, picked No. 2 in the 2002 NBA draft, ahead of Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, said he will consider any European team.
“I don’t give a bleep about the money,” Milicic said. “I just want to enjoy the basketball. I’d like to have the ball in my hands and have an offense run through me. I’m not just a defensive player.”
Agent Marc Cornstein said he has talked to Donnie Walsh but not about any buyout or trade scenario.
“It’s not the blueprint we had hoped,” Cornstein said. “The team was very excited to get him and everyone thought he reported in great shape.”
People will always give the Pistons a hard time for taking Darko over Carmelo in that draft, but as with anything, hindsight is always 20/20. Detroit saw a guy who had everything needed to be a game-changer – Darko was a 7-footer with athleticism, who could block shots, and who probably showed great shooting touch in workouts. They had no way of knowing that he would never be able top put it all together, no matter where he played.
Source: NY Post