Wednesday, September 26th, 2012 at 9:30 am  |  45 responses

Doc Rivers Unsure What to Expect from Darko Milicic

Darko Milicic won’t have the weight of expectations on his shoulders in Boston. Celtics head coach Doc Rivers says that he has no idea what to expect from his new forward. Per the Boston Herald: “Milicic was the second pick of the 2003 draft, the player who went after LeBron James. And Detroit, which picked him, suffered through his 96 career games as a Piston. But as harsh as Milicic’s critics have been, and there are many, none will grade him with a tougher standard than Kevin Garnett, who can either make or break new teammates. ‘It can either make you great or crush you, one of the two,’ C’s coach Doc Rivers said. ‘There isn’t any in between with Kevin, and in a way I like the way he goes about his work, and how he approaches the game. If you are willing to learn, you can only get better playing with Kevin.’ Rivers won’t treat Milicic like a former No. 2 pick. ‘I don’t know (what to expect),’ he said. ‘I like a lot that he has size. What we want Darko to do is fit a role for us, and not push all of these expectations on him that he’s had all of his career. His first concern should be our team, instead of trying to establish himself. It’s the second pick in the draft thing. I think that hurt him over his career. We’ll find out. I’ll tell you if that’s true in January. I hope it’s true.’ If the Celtics do indeed strike gold here, then Milicic’s age will be a bonus. He played his first NBA game at 18, and is still a rather tender 27. The Celtics will be his sixth NBA team.”

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  • spit hot fiyah
  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    expect a big body on the bench

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    p.s you can’t teach an old dog new tricks doc.

  • Malcolm

    Darko is a a certified bum.

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    You can expect that he’ll block shots. That’s pretty much it.

  • R32

    Darko is like a cat with 9 lives….or in this case 6th team in 10 years.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    don’t think he can do much of that

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    hes def a scrub

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003246310246 Jason Carter

    darko is a bum, but I would laugh if somehow playing with a PG like rondo makes him better, it would be great…doubt it tho.

  • M Cho

    I’d love to see KG and Darko go at it in trash talk.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    don’t expect him to be better than Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh like other’s did.

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    Actually, blocking is the only thing he’s been doing consistently throughout his career. He didn’t play much last season but his per-36 numbers for blocks have always been good. Darko will pretty much fill the Greg Stiemsma role now that he’s gone.

  • LakeShow

    I’m rooting for the Darko Horse.

  • Maalo

    Expect a quick return to europe, nothing more.

  • Surety

    Huh? Which player has Kevin Garnett made ‘great’?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    the “old dog” just turned 27.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    lol c’mon you think this guys gnna become efficient on the offensive end? lol

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Naw never said that, just that he isn’t really old. He’s just now about to be in his prime. He could still improve. Or learn new tricks as you might say.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    i honestly think we’ve been seeing the best of him. he doesn’t seem like a player who has his heart in the game.

  • LakeShow

    This just in:
    In reply to Doc Rivers Darko says “Darko is unsure what to expect from Darko.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Well I don’t think we’ve seen the best of him, but for the exact same reason, he doesn’t seem to care. He’s got heaps and loads of talent, but doesn’t care. If he does start to care tho….

  • danpowers

    he is a solid backup. people should take darko like the saying “dont think of yourself as an ugly human. think of yourself as a beautiful monkey.”

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    @disqus_rOeXXBD2qs:disqus imma roll with you on this one, your a smart dude and imma have faith with you on this

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Don’t put too much faith in what I’m saying I’m not saying he will improve. I just wouldn’t count it out.

  • SuperAr82

    Why didn’t the Miami Heat didn’t sign him? I still think they are weak at the center position..

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    @disqus_rOeXXBD2qs:disqus i wouldn’t mind seeing an angry KG going off on a shout match with this dude. LOL

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    thats what I’m thinking

  • André

    After a European Championship game Serbia – Greece…


  • LakeShow

    You sh*t heads will be f*cked!
    Ha, great video.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i’m sure KG will try it out. But Darko is a crazy son of a bitch, idk how confident KG would be in trying to intimidate him. Have you ever seen this?

  • LakeShow

    Dude is crazy we can all agree to that…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    hell yes we can

  • roscoe

    I expect KG will make darko cry b4 the allstar break.

  • roscoe

    I never knew Darko had such a temper. wow. he might just fit in w/ KG.

  • danpowers
  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    he’ll hold the boston locker room hostage in no time

  • Vince

    Can’t believe this guy is still in the L

  • MrTrophy

    Hopefully he lead the league in fouls for the celtics because thats clearly all he can do

  • uqk

    @nbk: KG only bark to 6 footers

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    If Darko starts giving a shit, he’ll be okay. Now… Off topic, but who was the Slovenian Gangster again? LOL, I can’t remember his name.

  • RKJ92

    Uros Slokar for the Raptors a few years back?? Lollll!!

  • Dutch Rich

    The pistons stymied his confidence early and permanently, but it was understandable considering their roster at the time including Sheed and Big Ben. There are few big men in the league with Darko’s ambidextrous skill set and fundamentals. Maybe Doc/Celtics are better off changing the strategy of dampening expectations and instead putting the spot light on Darko. Considering that their other 2 options at center are Jason Collins and Fab Melo. Guys that Darko should completely dominate. Someone needs to channel the fire that he showed in that infamous tunnel rant onto the basketball court. Boston fans would love it. I thought he would be a risky pick-up for my Nets (who still need a back-up center btw) with a developing Brook Lopez who is equally skilled but less explosive. But this may turn out to be a very good fit for Boston. Equally exciting is the prospect that the partnering with KG may cause internal bloodshed.
    Go Nets


    You are thinking of my main man Primoz Brezec.

  • uqk

    and also McDyess

  • Mike From Spain

    He can expect that lefty hook. Which is to say, he can expect most shots to hit iron.