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Darko's date with destiny

When Darko Milicic bumped into Pistons president Joe Dumars on Thursday, the gods of fate were at work.

Updated: May 23, 2003, 9:12 PM ET
By By Chad Ford | NBA Insider
What does a 17-year-old kid from the war-torn town of Novi Sad, Yugoslavia, do on the day the fate of 13 NBA lottery teams would be decided? ESPN Insider Chad Ford spent Thursday with Darko Milicic in New York City. As you would expect it was no ordinary day.

NEW YORK -- I wrote this once and I'll write it again: I believe the good stories really don't have an ending, or even a beginning. Karma throws fate in the dryer of life, hits the button and starts an eternal spin.

So when 17-year-old Yugoslavian phenom Darko Milicic bumped into Pistons president Joe Dumars at a New York practice facility on Thursday, I had a vague premonition the gods of fate were about to go to work.

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