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Darko doesn’t believe in banks to keep his money

Feb 2, 2012, 5:47 PM EDT

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Darko Milicic has made more than $42 million in his time in the NBA.

Which makes this anecdote from Casey Jacobsen — the former Stanford star who spent five seasons in the NBA and now plays in Europe — all the more interesting.

Jacobsen is writing for SLAM and talks about the best and worst teammates he’s ever had (loved playing Steve Nash, J.R. Smith not so much), and then comes this comment about Darko.

It’s nearly impossible to explain the weirdness that is Darko, but he told me one time that he did not keep his money in any bank, nor did he invest in stocks or bonds. “I just keep it,” he told me and then turned away. Looking back, I should have asked a follow-up question. I don’t know if I believe him, but he was making over $6 million that season. That’s a lot of cheddar to stash underneath a mattress! On another note… that was easily the longest conversation we ever had, and that was how he preferred it.

I’m not sure it’s a huge leap to think about why a Serbian might distrust large institutions… but seriously, what is he doing with all that money? The Serbian gangsta reputation grows.

Go read Jacobsen’s whole post, it’s worth it.

  1. cantonbound13 - Feb 2, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    $42 million collected by Darko? He’s a bigger crook than the banks.

  2. opshuns - Feb 2, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    With all the B S dealt him with the Pistons, I wouldn’t talk much either.

  3. sensiblebuc - Feb 2, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    Tomorrow’s Headline on PBT:

    Wild Wild West: Milicic Told To Reach For the Sky Outside of _________ Arena

  4. goforthanddie - Feb 2, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Is he out in the back yard at night, flashlight and shovel in hand?
    And isn’t this kinda like saying “Hey, come ransack my house, I may have huge rolls of cash”?

  5. 00maltliquor - Feb 3, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    Whoooa! Casey put Darko on blast about his cash, maaan!

    Every two-bit criminal in Minnasota is lining up like trick-or-treaters outside the Milicic home right about now. Better hope Minny doesn’t have a long road trip coming up!

    Mr. Jacobson, that was a great lil’ story, but you just put that mans family in jeopardy, I mean, what were you thinking!?

  6. rwmilli - Feb 3, 2012 at 4:51 AM

    Agreed ^^

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