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Darko Milicic, One of Biggest Draft Busts Ever, Vows to Stay Away from NBA

AUBURN HILLS, MI - NOVEMBER 21:  Darko Milicic  #31 of the Detroit Pistons is on the court during the game against the Charlotte Bobcats at The Palace of Auburn Hills on November 21, 2004 in Auburn Hills, Michigan.  The Pistons won 117-116.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.(Photo by: Tom Pidgeon)/Getty Images)
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Dan FavaleFeatured ColumnistJune 23, 2013

Darko Milicic is done with the NBA.

Most knew that the second overall pick in the stacked 2003 draft and one of the biggest busts in league history was done long before this, but speaking with the international basketball website MVP, Milicic confirmed he wasn't coming back. Matt Moore of CBS Sports provided a very rough translation:

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.

Milicic spent 10 seasons with seven different teams in the Association. Most recently, he spent part of the 2012-13 campaign with the Boston Celtics before leaving to tend to his sick mother.

His latest assertion that he is finished with the NBA and it is finished with him isn't even close to unexpected. 

For his career, Milicic averaged six points and 4.2 rebounds per game, raking in nearly $53 million in total career earnings in the process. Deemed a more capable cornerstone than Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh by the Detroit Pistons 10 years ago, "disappointment" doesn't even begin to describe how his career panned out.

Milicic was admittedly suppressed by then-Pistons head coach Larry Brown when he began his career. Brown was never known for nurturing young talent but rather extracting every last bit of production out of his veterans. That clearly hurt Milicic in the beginning.

As the years went by, Milicic was unable to live up to the expectations that came with being selected just behind LeBron James. He never averaged 25 minutes per game for an entire year or resembled the dominant inside presence he was supposed to become.

Let's call his career what it was: a disaster.

He seems to believe that his time in the NBA doesn't represent the player he truly is and that he's better than what we've seen. If that's the case, he's better off seeking success overseas.

Hopefully he finds it too, since the last decade has consisted of nothing more than squandered potential and catastrophic failures.

 

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