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Doc: Darko doesn’t exist anymore

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) October 4, 2012 Celtics News, Darko Milicic 15 Comments

The name alone is enough to give you chills:

Darko.

Even for me, when I heard the Celtics signed him, I skipped the analysis for a little bit and just sat to let the anguish of the moment wash over me.

We signed Darko.

Of course, when you look at it objectively, veteran minimum deals are inherently no risk because the league pays a good portion of the salary and you can just cut the guy if he’s a problem.  Darko’s a tall, strong body who can rebound and block shots.  And if he wasn’t named Darko… if he wasn’t the guy drafted 2nd overall… we never would have thought twice about his addition.

Doc knows that.  And that’s why Darko doesn’t exist anymore. 

“I tell him every day, ‘You’re no longer Darko. You’re a Celtic,’ Boston coach Doc Rivers said. “And one day, we asked him what his name was and he said, ‘Celtic.’ And everyone just started laughing. All I’m trying to do is get him to forget about trying to be something he isn’t — and just be someone for the team.”

Rivers added, “He’s got a lot of stuff on his shoulders and we’re trying to unload all of that. You go in front of Carmelo and all you’re going to do is hear that. That can get old. We’re trying to get him to move out of that.”

I love it.

It’s time for all of us, and that definitely includes me, to get past what Darko was, or was supposed to be.  It’s time to just look at him as a seven-foot tall Serbian gangster who may or may not commit homicide at the team’s behest.   And he’s got one advantage in Boston that he hasn’t had before:  KG.

“Right now, he probably lacks a little bit of self-confidence,” Garnett said. “And I will help with that. I’ll do as much as I can to influence him and encourage him. But it’s going to take something from him, too. He’s never been around a team like this. He’s never been around guys like this. He’s never been in a situation where there is so much energy and encouragement.”

I’ll translate what KG just said:

“He’s never been anywhere with this kind of structure.  He might be down on himself right now, but if he doesn’t pull his head out of his ass and become the best player he can be in Boston, then he’ll never do it anywhere.”

It’s up to Darko now.  Or whatever his name is.

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  • Lupo

    Doc River is a Genius! KG is the Mad Professor!

  • Curt

    I wonder if giving him 99 (the two digit number farthest from 2) is part of Doc’s psychologicly warfare on Darko’s, I mean Celtic’s, past.

  • mrchumpy

    Goosebumps.

  • Chris H

    Oh it’s going to happen. KG will get into his head (where Darko clearly has a lot of anger and resentment to work through) and will channel that. Once Darko sees some small improvements and/or has a breakthrough game, all bets are off.

    This team has a crazy upside and nobody wants to admit that. Outside of Boston anyway…

    • Curt

      I’m in Dallas. I’ve been dogging the Mavs since 2008. I’ve also never seen the Celtics beat the Mavs…BUT I do admit that this Celtics team is going to win the championship.

      • swissflix

        i like you curt. and i am from switzerland:)
        let’s go Celtics!

      • Drew

        I’m from Dallas too. I’ll be the first to slap a bandwagon sticker on your forehead. We swept every team in Texas in 2008. That’s an accomplishment teams rarely complete. And we’ve beat the Mavs 3 other times since 2008. So if you missed all 5 of those victories, you just aren’t following this team like a true fan should. I can damn near call the play by play from the last 4 Celtics Mavs match ups.

  • http://driveittothemoon.com/ Lee in Oregon

    List of guys I want Darko to “murder”…..

    Bronny, Jo-kim Noah, Dwight, that sensitive puss who used to wear #20, and everyone on the Knicks roster.

    GO C’s!!!

  • BamaCeltic

    The game of basketball has alot to do with confidence. If “Celtic” has a couple of good practices and games with this organization/team all behind him. He can change. I’ve seen it happen first hand with kids I coach. Danny might have really got a steal with this guy. Watch out NBA ! Here come the Celtics ! cant wait for the season !

  • Sam

    I remember people getting super psyched up for Stephon Marbury and Troy Murphy, too. And Nate Robinson was gonna be sixth man of the year.

    Darko (or not-Darko) is who he is at this point. He’s a poor offensive player who can be a positive contributor at the defensive end if he plays to his strengths and isn’t put in a situation where he has to do too much.

    Here’s hoping he doesn’t need to see the floor much this season outside of garbage time.

    • Drew

      Considering there was an article written on this site that compared Troy Murphys acquisition to an ugly girl in an empty bar when you’re drunk and horny, I’m going to have to call you a liar. No one was “super psyched up” for him.

  • RA_PapaIrish

    This is beyond awesome.

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  • jbar

    My name is Gladiator