Everyone once in a while through no fault of their own, Life messes with some “POOR FRICKIN SOUL” whose only crime was being a victim of circumstance. Over the years Your Old Pal New York Vinnie has seen some players get totally dicked around by the NBA even though they tried their best and never caused any problems for their team or for the NBA. When you discuss players that have gone through that experience there is one guy whose name should appear at the top of the list.
Go take a look at the NBA Draft for 2003 and New York Vinnie guarantees that your “FRICKIN” jaw will drop in “FRICKIN” amazement of all the talent that entered the NBA that year! Here is a great example; All-Star forward David West was taken with pick number 17 by the New Orleans Hornets. Dwyane Wade who is on just about every body’s top five list as the one of the NBA greats was taken number 5 by the Miami Heat.
You want to talk about a “FRICKIN” Treasure Chest this was the year! It was really tough to mess up that year; however one team did and they may have set the”FRICKIN” wheels in motion that made a young man’s time in the NBA seem like a “FRICKIN” nightmare. And unfortunately this player has been so badly burned by his experience that he will leave the NBA and head back to Europe at the end of this season.
Out of the top six players picked in the 2003 NBA Draft; five have made NBA All-Star Teams since they were drafted. But what about that sixth player? Why has he not been as successful as LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, D-Wade or Chris Kaman? Quite possibly because the team that picked him took him with far too high a selection and then allowed him to rot on the bench.
If you have not figured out by now New York Vinnie is referring to former Minnesota Timberwolves big man Darko Milicic who was taken with the second pick by the Detroit Pistons. He then spent the next two and a half years collecting splinters on the bench as he was used in limited games and given incredibly limited minutes. You know the old saying; “Use It Or Lose It.” If you are not playing your skills will “Frickin” decline and even more importantly your confidence will suffer.
A few seasons back, a reporter asked him if he thought that the Pistons had lied to him during his time with the team. Milicic responded “Yes, they did. “They lie to everybody. It’s the NBA. The NBA, all around the league, same (stuff). ‘Your chance is going to come.’ All that kind of (stuff). (Forget) that! I’ve got enough of that kind of stuff, so I decided I’m going to Europe. I don’t know why they took me with the second pick if you’re not going to play me. I never understood that, you know. I was happy being the second pick and all that kind of stuff, but I never knew what I got myself into. I never knew I was coming here not to play. Nobody was telling me anything.”
Darko told reporters he was now looking at his situation realistically. He said “I’ve got to be real. There is no team in the league that is going to give me the chance that I’m looking for. My only chance is back in Europe. I’m going to do that. I want to be happy. I want to play.”
Not long after that interview when things were at their darkest point for Milicic he was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves and there he found a coach who believed in him. Former T-Wolves bench boss Kurt (Shemp) Rambis started praising the big guy and giving him playing time and soon Darko was playing decent ball with his confidence restored. Convinced he had finally found a home in the NBA, he signed an extension at the end of that season.
Although Rambis helped Michael Beasley and Darko with their games, most of the rest of the team played like “FRICKIN CRAPPOLA” and he was fired at the end of the 2010-2011 season. Rick Adelman became the new head coach which was great for most of the team but not so much for Darko. The new Minnesota bench boss treated the European player the same way he had been treated at all his other “FRICKIN” stops in the NBA and his confidence and game started to go south. He was taken out of the starting lineup and was back collecting “FRICKIN SPLINTERS” once again on the bench.
The final nail of Darko’s NBA career may have been hammered in on Thursday as the “Pioneer Press” reports that the Timberwolves used their amnesty clause to get his contract off the books. The big guy had two-years left on his contract but not all the money was guaranteed so he will get paid a little over $7 million instead of the $11.8 million he would have collected had Minnesota left on the roster.
Now once you get above a million bucks a year, you are talking “FRICKIN MONOPOLY MONEY” so New York Vinnie is pretty sure that Milicic felt worse about being released than the loss of the Benjamins. This latest kick in the stones just maybe enough to send him back to Europe for the rest of his career.
New York Vinnie is certainly not what you would call “FRICKIN WARM AND FUZZY” if you catch New York Vinnie’s drift, but I do bad for My Man Milicic, because he deserved far better “FRICKIN FATE.” He was the product of the “FRICKIN HYPE-MACHINE” and so he was chosen way too high by a team who really did not want him after he showed up. This is not some “FRICKIN PUD” with a bad attitude no matter where he played he was always in shape and tried his hardest unlike “BIG FAT EDDY CURRY” who once he got the big bucks started to look like a float in the Macy’s parade. He is just a guy who was a victim of circumstance.