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Doc Rivers is pretty much treating Darko like Robin Williams treated Matt Damon in “Good Will Hunting”

Oct 7, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

Darko Milicic AP

I think one of the worst things that can happen to a writer is when his references become outdated.

So naturally I elected to go with the “Good Will Hunting” reference, here. Anyway, Doc Rivers was talking about Darko Milicic, and the conversation comes across like a horse whisperer or some sort of counselor. He’s trying to make the bad men in Darko’s basketball past go away. From the Boston Globe:

“You can see that he gets frustrated easy,” Rivers said. “So we’re trying to eliminate those episodes. Our thing right now with Darko is to play forward. From being around for a short time, as a coach I can probably feel he’s played his career backwards. He lives in the past a lot and we’re trying to get him to live in the future. I told him (Friday), the only time I’ll take you out is if you make a mistake and make another mistake because you’re thinking about the last mistake. I won’t take you out for making a mistake. So hopefully that works.”

via Doc Rivers promises to take mental approach with Darko, Rondo -Celtics blog – Boston Globe basketball news.

Seriously, I get that the movie’s old, but can’t you see Rivers hugging Milicic awkwardly, while telling him “It’s not your fault. Brown/Saunders/Iavaroni/Adelman never trusted you” over and over again?

The reality is that Milicic has struggled for a variety of reasons. And maybe if the NBA had a legitimate minor league system so he could have been brought along slowly, he would have made it. Maybe if he’d just found the right coach. But Milicic has had opportunities with quality coaches and still struggled. Again, Rick Adelman wanted Darko gone before Michael Beasley. Think about that.

He wouldn’t be the first guy to find success with the Celtics where he had failed elsewhere. And they need a legitimate center in the worst way. But it’s one thing to talk about the mistakes in preseason. It’s another to live with them in the regular season, and Rivers isn’t in a position to allow a whole lot of growth and development. A standard’s still set for the Celtics’ season.

We’ll see if Milicic can take this newfound support to establish himself, or just how far Rivers’ patience goes.

  1. illogic87 - Oct 7, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Hey, Darko…its not your fault.. hey, its not your fault….its not your fault

  2. mnsportsfan - Oct 7, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Why are we churning out story after story on Darko? You are getting Celtics fans hopes up on delusional stories of him that just won’t come true. Ask any T’Wolves fan and they will tell you that he just has no heart when he plays.

    • phaden27 - Oct 7, 2012 at 12:34 PM

      Hope and Darko don’t belong in the same comment. He’s there to grab boards, not be Parish 2.0.

  3. paulhargis53 - Oct 7, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    I don’t think any of us Celtics fans think Darko is tipping point on the season.

    Darko will fill a role. A role of about 10 minutes a game.

  4. pukpokito - Oct 7, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Mr.Kuelin is right when he wrote that Darko wouldn’t be the first guy to find success with the Celtics where he had failed elsewhere. And they need a legitimate center in the worst way.

    Darko is just on a 1 year minimum so it is a low risk & hopefully high reward for both the Celtics.
    Yeah we’ll see how Coach Rivers patience will last.I am curious to see what KG can do with Darko & if he will be patient with him.Darko is still young at 27 and he has an upside there somewhere.The team and Darko just needs to keep on working and hope that he has an Avery Bradley moment and just break out.If this guy breaks out who knows.I remember when Rik Smits broke out.He was a so servieceable for the Pacers as a former #2 pick.IF it doesn’t work, then bye bye Darko, so what?
    He had his chance to do something special for this special team.It’s up to him.Gain & find some confidence big guy.

    • pukpokito - Oct 7, 2012 at 12:54 PM

      My apologies to Mr.Matt Moore who wrote this story.I mistakenly wrote Mr.Kuelin.

    • pukpokito - Oct 7, 2012 at 5:11 PM

      This just in from Milan courtesy fo ESPN’s Boston’s P.Forsberg:In the Celtics exhibition win today

      DARKO MAKING A BIG IMPACT
      Darko Milicic was outstanding while chipping in two points, nine rebounds, four blocks, and three assists. We know he can use his size on the defensive end, where he’s been swatting everything that comes his way during this overseas trip. But offensively he’s shown an ability to create for teammates in the high post off screens and pick-and-rolls.

      (It may not mean squat as it is preseason but just keep on giving him some confidence by letting him find his way to the team’s flow and he may be able to contribute a little bit here and there.It is an 82 game schedule.He needs to keep on getting better.The Celtics are playing for the the postseason anyway and they have time to make things happen for all the nw players including Darko.)

    • raycharlesj - Oct 8, 2012 at 6:05 PM

      Rick Smits earned all rookie first team honors and continued to average double-digit point totals in every year of his career, comparing Darko to Smits is a very, very long stretch of your imagination. Smits was never considered a joke and bust like Darko was and is no comparison, comparing Darko to the “dunking Dutchman” is a big reach.

  5. lakerluver - Oct 7, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    10 minutes a game, says paulhargis53IQ. That’s about 8.5 minutes too many. At this point of his career Darko’s very close to being “human victory cigar” material. Boston has younger, hungrier players they should give 10 mins a gm to. Darko has proven at every stop he’s only in the NBA for the lifestyle and the paycheck.

  6. lakerluver - Oct 7, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Doc’s a great coach but he’s not a miracle worker, ph53IQ. He can’t turn chicken chit into chicken salad. Darko can get 10 mins on a non-contending team. But on a contender 10 mins is too much. He should get 10 mins a WEEK, not a game. If the C’s meet my LAKERS in the Finals maybe Darko can get 10 mins a game then. I’m sure Dwight would love to see that.

  7. paulhargis53 - Oct 7, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    So much for ignoring me huh, sausage wallet? Lakerluver, just a few short days ago, you were complaining I was “stalking” you. Now, you’re seeking me out?

    Darkos numbers compare favorably to Jordan Hills. But Hill is an all world back up according to you…..you’re pathetic.
    Everytime you post, you find a new way to show your ignorance.
    Darko will fill the Ryan Hollins role on this team. You don’t even know your own team, you have no business analyzing a different one.
    You won’t have to worry about the Celtics, L.A. will not be coming out of the west.

    Do yourself a favor and stop posting. You’ve proven yourself to be the biggest asshat on this site. You’d think you’d be embarrassed. I know I am for you.

  8. halfbaht - Oct 7, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    He’s still better than Scalabrine and we won a ring with that putz

  9. lakerluver - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Yeah, Boston was a much better team in 08 than they are now.

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