Mike Kahn on Darko

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  1. G-man

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    "Detroit Pistons guard Chauncey Billups went on local radio last week and ripped into former coach Larry Brown and how he destroyed the confidence of young 7-footer Darko Milicic.
    [​IMG]Can Darko Milicic regain his confidence now that Larry Brown has moved on to the Knicks? (Andrew D. Bernstein / Getty Images)

    What this really means:
    Just as many suspected, for the sake of the championship runs, the players and staff allowed L.B. to run rampant in more ways than just keeping his name alive for every job opportunity from El Segundo, Calif. to Purchase, N.Y.

    They allowed Milicic to be the scapegoat for everything that ailed Brown about his team, and we can't know about the long-range ramifications to Milicic, still only 20.

    It was a huge gamble by president Joe Dumars to take Milicic second overall instead of Carmelo Anthony or Dwyane Wade, but it's easy to see why he did ... he's 7-foot, 255 pounds, extremely well-coordinated, with quickness, touch and good hands.
    But now, he's filled with uncertainty when he steps on the basketball court. Dumars has already said on the record that he will be the fourth big man in the Pistons' rotation between Ben Wallace, Rasheed Wallace and Antonio McDyess, but ahead of Dale Davis.

    More important, it will be up to new coach Flip Saunders and his teammates to help him regain the belief that he can play. There's no underrating the value of winning the 2004 championship and coming within a game of winning in 2005 as well, but this is why there was no way Brown was coming back for a third season. It wasn't as much his health as it was that he had worn everybody out emotionally. And now begins the "Save Darko" campaign. "

    This excerpt is from a CBS SPORTSLINE piece by Mike Kahn
     
  2. aron1231

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    G-Man

    thanks for the article... great read!
     

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