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Doc Rivers says Darko “most likely” gone from Celtics

Nov 20, 2012, 4:37 PM EDT

Darko Milicic AP

With a sick mother back home and no playing time in Boston, reports surfaced on Monday that Darko Milicic had returned home to be close to his family and was considering staying there and not coming back.

Doc Rivers basically confirmed that on Tuesday, reports A. Sherrod Blakely of

“Most likely, yes,” was C’s head coach Doc Rivers’ response when asked if Milicic’s time in Boston was over…

Rivers acknowledged that the situation with Milicic’s mother had been discussed previously, and that his decision to leave the team did not come as a surprise.

“We’ve talked about it three or four times,” Rivers said.

First, Darko is putting being with his sick mother ahead of basketball, which is the way it should be. Rivers said when Milicic found out about his mother you could see his play drop off. And Rivers made it clear Darko did not just abandon the team, this was discussed.

Still, a parting of the ways seems the best course here. After a preseason where Celtics fans tried to convince themselves he could play regular minutes as a backup center, Milicic played just five minutes on opening night and hasn’t set foot on the court since.

It is likely the Celtics would waive or reach a buyout deal with Milicic, who signed a one-year contract at the veteran minimum in Boston.

Once he is cut loose a roster spot opens up, leading to a lot of speculation about the Celtics adding someone. Maybe Kenyon Martin. But Rivers didn’t sound eager to make a move.

“We’re going to look around, but I can tell you that we are in no rush,” Rivers said.

  1. lucidsportsfan - Nov 20, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    Saw this coming. At the game last Saturday when Boston was blowing out Toronto, the entire rest of the bench was in, except for Darko. He just sat on the bench looking like he didn’t care.

  2. mydadyourmom - Nov 20, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Ya because his mother is sick and he’s far away. Good for him caring for his mama. You only have one.

  3. dondada10 - Nov 20, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see Darko re-emerge somewhere in 2013-14.

  4. lakerluver - Nov 20, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    Yeah, his mom might be sick but I’m sure the fact that he isn’t playing has something to do with his decision. Darko has had a sense of entitlement since he was a rook. According to a certain “expert”, who’s name rhymes with haulpargis53, Darko was a good signing. Another example of his lack of bball knowledge.
    #deadman walking

    • cullenand99 - Nov 20, 2012 at 8:38 PM

      Do you ever shut up?

      • bozosforall - Nov 20, 2012 at 9:58 PM

        Why should he? The Boston jerk wads never stop running their yaps, here or elsewhere.

  5. lakerluver - Nov 20, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Yeah, he’s going to re-emerge…in Europe. He’s a bust, haven’t you realized that yet?

  6. paulhargis53 - Nov 20, 2012 at 7:13 PM


    Anyone who sees you on here knows you’re a pathetic dummy. Now we can add blatant liar to the list if things you are.

    I said he’d see a MAXIMUM of 10 minutes a night, that it was a good DEPTH signing.

    If you had any reading comprehension at all, you’d get that he wasn’t playing because his head and heart are understandably not in it, due to his mother’s ill health.
    I’m sure your mother boos her vagina everytime she looks at you. Believe it or not, some people are loved by their parents, and parents actually live their children. You on the other hand, are looked at as the burden you are.

    Trying to play off that I thought Darko was going to all of sudden be a 20-10 guy is just another in long line of your feeble attempts to make me look bad.

    It’s painfully obvious that you are sorely lacking in any basketball acumen.

    Your posts are FILLED with 1/2 truths, outright lies, biased homeristic viewpoints, and just plain out idiotic analysis.

    Your continuance down this path is just further proof that im in your head.

    Good God are you a mental midget.

  7. nickhoberg - Nov 20, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    Good for him making the correct choice to spend time with a sick family member. He has made millions in a game now it’s time for him to take care of his mom.

  8. lakerluver - Nov 20, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    Yeah. Do you?

  9. paulhargis53 - Nov 21, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Cullen: No, he never does. It’s why eve his own fellow fans have turned on him. You know what’s pathetic? The bozosforall name is him defending himself!! How lame is that? What’s even more pitiful, is the guy is 38 years old.

    Lakerslurper, I see you’ve resorted to out and out lying now. Everyone knows that I never said Darko would be a key player for the Celtics. I said at maximum, he’d see 10 minutes a night. If you had any reading comprehension, you’d know he hasn’t played because his head and heart arent in it.
    Just because your mother boos her vagina everytime she sees you is no reason to rip on Darko for loving his mother.

    You’re a beaten man, you cannot go without bringing my name up.
    How’s it feel to be loathed on the internet?
    I guess it can’t be any worse or different than your everyday life, huh sausage wallet?
    You should run yourself a hit bath and jump in with an electrical appliance.

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