I don't understand this guy. Minny is giving him a hell of an opportunity and he says he will return IF he is guaranteed a STARTER spot and 35 MINUTES a game!!! I mean would a European team even offer him that much time? I love that he wants playing time as opposed to money, but to say you will only return if your are guaranteed a starter spot and 35 minutes is alot to require given you have been a huge bust compared to the expectations thus far. I'd rather see him have the will to earn that role as opposed to being granted it.
he can contribute, but no way anyone gaurantees him minutes. If he bounces, he wont be missed
at least his team ended a 16 game losing streak.
Blazerfan7 there in lies the problem (I know its now what you mean but)...."at least HIS team". No NBA team should be Darko's team and he thinks it should be his. I mean his number are improving and so is his play, but I still think he is far from starter material let alone franchise material. Thats just laughable.
Wow, drafting Mayo and then trading him for Love instead of just taking Lopez is looking worse and worse. I'm not saying Kevin Love is bad; he just isn't a good fit for Minnesota. I think that they should go with Hollins instead of Darko. Those who defend Darko can bring out that magic P-word, but they've been using that defense ever since his Detroit days. You're right, if he wants those type of minutes, then he's going to have to put up better numbers or improve dramatically over the off-season. Simple as that.
I think Love will be a good fit in Minny, once the triangle gets going more. They are in the process of putting in the triangle which is a complex system. It needs time. Love's passing ability and ability to hit shots and the boards will be very valuable in the triangle in 2-3 years.
As much as I like Jefferson's potential, I also think if Minny does intended to go all in on the Triangle, then Big Al needs to go. He is not a good fit at all in the triangle. Love is the more ideal player in that system and Jefferson could stay if he could play the 5 but thus far he has not been able to handle being a center. Once we get more seasoned, add strong wing players and a legit center (I think Hollins is a very good player but IDK if he is going to be starter material) and Rubio (still high on him) then we will start to become a force to be reckoned with. Its going to be a process though.
As much as I like Jefferson's potential, I also think if Minny does intend to go all in on the Triangle, then Big Al needs to go. He is not a good fit at all in the triangle. Love is the more ideal player in that system and Jefferson could stay if he could play the 5 but thus far he has not been able to handle being a center. Once we get more seasoned, add strong wing players and a legit center (I think Hollins is a very good player but IDK if he is going to be starter material) and Rubio (still high on him) then we will start to become a force to be reckoned with. Its going to be a process though.
Hey M DYMES, you're smart enough to know we shouldn't believe everything we read in the press. Reporters have a way of twisting words or asking questions to solicit the type of answer they want. I find it hard to believe that a player of his status could possibly think he's in a position to make specific demands such as a guarantee to start and play x number of minutes.
But even if he did say that, please remember he's still only 24 years old. I have a son around the same age who says stupid things and makes dumb decisions at least once a month. That's what you expect from guys in the early 20's.
As you know, Milicic was drafted at the age of 18 and spent the next 3 years glued to the bench while a veteran Detroit Pistons team did very well without him. Apparently management assured him several different times he would have an opportunity to play, but broke their promises.
It's also safe to say coming to the U.S. at the age of 18 was a huge mistake. He should have stayed in Europe until he matured and was ready for the NBA. And I'm sure it's also a forgone conclusion that being glued to the bench for 3 seasons in Detroit shattered the teenager's confidence and he probably still hasn't fully recovered.
In sum, I think Milicic is a young guy looking for assurances he will have an opportunity to play often and make a significant contribution. Let's remember his recent stint in NY where he was told he would play regularly, but D'Antoni instead buried him on the bench. D'Antoni has an 8 man rotation, and if you're not one of the eight, you don't play.
After that recent experience with the Knicks, I think Milicic probably thought he would never get another chance. If I were in his place, I would want some type of iron clad agreement that I would have the OPPORTUNITY to prove I do or don't belong in the NBA.
I'm taking your a big fan of Darko's? If another player were to do that it would be called character issues, but since it's Darko Milicic, who got a raw deal somewhere it's ok? If Demarcus Cousins or another prospect with character questions were to do that after a couple of underacheiving years in the league they would be pegged a bad apple. Teens and guys in their early 20's are moody and impulsive ill give you that, but why are Darko's reasons to ask for more time and assurance any more valad, than the dozens of other players who underacheived and did so with a bad attitude?
craig_sager, my first point is I don't necessarily believe Milicic said that. If he did in fact make such a demand, it was idiotic. But I know how clever reporters are in asking questions in such a way to solicit the type of response that creates controversy. But ultimately the responsibility rests with Milicic.
Second, I see nothing wrong in doing what I stated in my previous post above. Let me essentially repeat it, ensure you will have a full fledged OPPORTUNITY to prove you can or cannot play. What's wrong with that and what does that have to do with character? There's a huge difference between insisting upon an opportunity to prove yourself versus demanding a starting role and X number of minutes.
Using your example Craig, when Demarcus Cousins is drafted, and if he insists upon an opportunity to prove he can play in the NBA, what's wrong with that?
Finally, I'm not a fan of any one player such as Darko. But I firmly believe there are a number of very talented NBA players who are bench warmers and never given an opportunity. Milicic is one intriguing example of a guy who is still very young and talented, but only 24 years of age. For example, look at Tyler Hanbsrough who's a 25 year old rookie.
I watched Milicic play games where he scored in double figures, had double digit rebounds, and blocked 4-6 shots. Last night he shot 7 for 10, had 10 rebounds, and blocked 4 shots! I keep asking myself why he never played, his lack of consistent playing time continues to be a proverbial mystery.
Anyway, before the season started, I read many comments in the NYC press where D'Antoni said Milicic would get the chance to play significant minutes in NY. But once the season started, that never happened. For whatever reason, the coach glued him to the bench. Ironically, Milicic's two strengths are rebounding and interior defense, two attributes seriously lacking in the Garden.
However, Chris Duhon and Jared Jeffries, despite horrible production and terrible inconsistencies, remained regulars in D'Antoni's eight man rotation. How does one explain that?
Milicic should thank Minnesota for finally providing an opportunity. Unlike drafting 4 PGs in the same draft last year, this was a smart move with virtually no downside, but it has the potential to provide interior defense and rebounding for the Timberwolves.
well he isn't forcing anything,he said he wants consistent minutes (and why some ppl saying it means he wants it to be his team)and ig they don't want tp give it to him then thanks for being the only honest team with me but I am going home ,and I sure he knows he won't be missed
do you want to talk about stupid talking from players?what about Monta saying he is 2nd best player in the league after Kobe?those are young guys and young guys says stupid things
and I don't really thinks he meant 36 minutes literally ,I think he will be fine wit anything between 20-30 min
and for OrangeJuiceJones every team that hasn't Drafted Lopez had made a mistake,may be not Chicago. Westbrook,Mayo,Love and who knows may be Beasley are all good players but Loopez is a great Big man that don't come every draft
Maybe Darko is getting playing time because he isnt giving coaches a reason (in practice) to play him...