Darko Milicic has asserted himself in Minnesota's starting lineup. He's played 13 games in Minnesota, and started seven.
Doesn't 13 games sound like a familiar number?
Oh, that's right. It's the Timberwolves' current losing streak.
Darko is playing better basketball than he has in years, and he seems to be fitting in well with the Timberwolves. But the thing is, the Wolves as a whole haven't been playing very well since his arrival.
And now he has demands.
Granted, these were probably taken completely out of context, but he's asking for a starting role, 30-35 minutes of time, and a big contract?
Kevin Love doesn't get that.
Darko is becoming an alright player, but if you ask me, when the Timberwolves heard that offer, they immediately went onto Delta's website and bought him a plane ticket to Europe scheduled one day after their last game. I would have scheduled it a few days before their last game...
Darko's putting up a few more points, getting some tough rebounds, and is playing some solid minutes, but the Wolves are losing more since he got here. This may be a coincidence, but you'd have to imagine it has something to do with Darko.
I mean really, 13 games with Darko, 13-game losing streak. It just matches up.
Darko's not the answer the Timberwolves are looking for. They should just unload his near $8 million contract in June, bring over a real European star in Nikola Pekovic, and cut the rest of their expiring contract players. There's far too much talent in the draft class, and the free agent class of 2010.
And Darko, if you want to leave if you don't play 73% of each game, and start them too?
Goodbye and good riddance.