Darko Milicic will forever be an NBA Draft punchline. Darko was somehow in the middle of LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh all being drafted in the top 5 in 2003. Darko was sandwiched right in between and went second overall, right before Melo, Bosh and Wade.
In defense of Detroit, although they messed up with this draft pick, they did win the championship that year. But still, what could’ve been will always be a mystery.
Darko has decided not to continue his basketball career in the NBA.
In an interview with international publication MVP.rs (via HoopsHype), former No. 2 pick Darko Milicic says he’s done with the NBA, and the NBA is done with him. Rough translation from Serbian:
“No more chances. This is a done deal. Bygone. Hence I wear a lot of bad experiences. Guilt is mutual, it was bad moves with their with my hand. However, is not worth more to talk about. They think they should to play a supporting role and wait for his chance. understand why they have such an attitude. My NBA career speaks to me for such a player, and I know I’m not. “