The Darko-Melo drama

Yes, Detroit is fine with Darko on the pine. They'd be better with Melo on the floor.

Updated: June 7, 2005, 6:23 PM ET
By Bill Simmons | Page 2

Editor's Note: This column appears in the April 12 edition of ESPN The Magazine.

Ever spent time trying to figure out Hickory High's box score the night it beat South Bend Central? What about arguing over who was better -- James Edwards or Bill Cartwright? Or determining the starting five for the Ken Bannister Memorial All-Ugly Team?

Well, I have. I love arguing hoops. That's just me. So when Detroit drafted Darko over Carmelo last June, I felt like a lawyer handed a case ...

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