29 Facts About Darko Milicic


Darko Milicic is a Serbian former professional basketball player.

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Darko Milicic is the fifth youngest player and the youngest foreign player to have played in the NBA and is the youngest player to have played in an NBA Finals game, and the youngest player to win the NBA championship.

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Darko Milicic was selected by the Detroit Pistons as the second overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft; he was chosen after number one pick LeBron James and ahead of other future NBA stars like Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade.

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Darko Milicic announced his retirement from the NBA in June 2013; he retired with career averages of 6.

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Darko Milicic played his first youth basketball in BFC Beocin until NATO bombing of Yugoslavia that lasted from 24 March 1999 to 10 June 1999, when he was forced to take a break.

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At the age of 14, Darko Milicic started playing basketball with the Serbian team Hemofarm's junior team.

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Darko Milicic was later called up from the junior team before being drafted by the NBA's Detroit Pistons in 2003.

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Darko Milicic saw limited playing time during his first season with the Pistons, but did become the youngest player to appear in an NBA Finals game and won an NBA championship just five days later when the Pistons defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2004 NBA Finals.

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On February 15,2006, just prior to the NBA's All-Star break, Darko Milicic was traded, along with point guard Carlos Arroyo, to the Orlando Magic for Kelvin Cato and a first-round pick in the 2007 NBA draft.

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On July 12,2007, the first day of free agency, Darko Milicic was signed by the Memphis Grizzlies to a three-year, $21 million contract.

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Darko Milicic hurt his Achilles tendon practicing with the Serbian national team in the 2008 offseason but was available to start at the beginning of the season.

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Darko Milicic regained his starting job as his play steadily improved in early December 2008.

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Darko Milicic's progress was set back by an injury on December 26,2008 against the Indiana Pacers when he broke a knuckle on his right hand during the game.

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On June 25,2009, Darko Milicic was traded to the New York Knicks for Quentin Richardson and cash considerations.

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On December 17,2009, Darko Milicic said that he planned to leave the NBA and return to playing basketball in Europe the following season.

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On February 17,2010, Darko Milicic was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves along with cash considerations for Brian Cardinal.

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Darko Milicic had his best games on November 19, when he scored 23 points, 16 rebounds and six blocks against the Los Angeles Lakers; and on December 14,2010, when he had a career-high 25 points and 11 rebounds against the Golden State Warriors.

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On July 12,2012, Darko Milicic was waived by the Timberwolves under the league's amnesty clause.

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In September 2014, it was revealed that Darko Milicic had retired from professional basketball in order to pursue a kickboxing career.

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Darko Milicic himself has questioned whether the Pistons made the right move by drafting him.

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Darko Milicic played for the FR Yugoslavia U16 national team that won a gold medal at the European Cadet Championships in 2001.

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In 2006, Darko Milicic led Serbia and Montenegro at the 2006 FIBA World Championship.

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In Serbia and Montenegro's sixth and final game against Spain, Darko Milicic matched up against NBA All-Star Pau Gasol and finished with 18 points, 15 rebounds, and three blocks.

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Darko Milicic received a $13,770 fine from FIBA and his outburst was heavily criticized by Memphis Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace and head coach Marc Iavaroni.

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Darko Milicic lost that fight by 2nd round TKO from Serbian kickboxer Radovan Radojcin from Senta, Serbia.

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On 19 May 2015, it was announced that Darko Milicic had agreed to come back from retirement and start playing professional basketball again with Metalac Farmakom of the Basketball League of Serbia and the ABA League after the season was over.

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Darko Milicic's wife is a fashion designer and sister of deceased Serbian criminal Marko Markus.

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In 2010, Darko Milicic paid for a trip and treatment in China for five Serbian children suffering from Batten disease.

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Darko Milicic is a supporter of the Ravna Gora movement, and has tattoos of World War II Chetnik leaders Nikola Kalabic and Momcilo Ðujic on his stomach, and Draza Mihailovic and Brane Bogunovic on his back.

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