(Updated: Since the Fanhouse interview, Milicic has received the attention of the New York Post. Marc Berman interviewed the unhappy center who admits that the so-called D’Antoni offense was better suited for him when he was a kid; not so much now)
Darko Milicic recently told Fanhouse that he is displeased with his status with the Knicks and his overall NBA experience. He is seriously considering a return to Euroball where he can have more playing time and enjoy the opportunity to create for others as he had before he joined the NBA.
“The NBA for me is not the way that I want to be,” said Milicic, averaging 2.0 points and 8.9 minutes while having been benched for eight of the Knicks‘ 16 games, before not playing in his team’s 128-125 loss to Denver at the Pepsi Center. “Looking forward, the stuff that I’m looking for is for me to play and for to me enjoy playing. I think right now the only spot for me is Europe.
“Because growing up and playing basketball, I needed the ball in my hands. I used to create for myself and I used to create for others. I used to play a lot. That’s the kind of stuff I’m looking for. And for me to get that in the NBA right now, I don’t think so. And I’ve got to be real.”
“I’m not blaming other people,” Milicic, who has career averages of 5.4 points and 4.0 rebounds, said of his struggles. “I’m not crying about it. Basketball is just a game. And stuff happens. If I wasn’t the second pick, who knows what would have happened? If I was some other pick, you could look back and say what would have happened.
“It’s past. It’s behind me. I’m going to decide after this year what I’m going to do, stay here or go back to Europe and play. I will decide after this season is over … I’ll go home and clear my mind … I’ll talk to the people that I care about and people who care about me.”
Unfortunately for Darko, D’Antoni does not favor big men in his scheme. It is quickly being revealed, as most thought prior to the acquisition, Darko is simply another expiring contract.