Realizing that life with an icon of the American sports landscape worth more than a billion dollars isn't all it's cracked up to be, a European with plenty of name recognition and few public appearances is heading home. That's right; Darko Milicic is leaving the NBA. Who did you think we were talking about?

Showing a knack for brutal honesty, if nothing else, Milicic told the New York Post, "I'm not going to get it done in the NBA." So closes one of the worst stories in NBA draft history, considering the Pistons picked one spot ahead of Carmelo Anthony in 2003.

But was that even the worst No. 2 pick a Detroit team made that year? A few months before the Pistons took Milicic, the Lions took Charles Rogers one spot ahead of Andre Johnson. At least Joe Dumars eventually got a first-round pick from the Magic for Milicic.

Darko Milicic (the Big Apple)

Why haven't things worked out in the NBA for me? When I get time, I generally play pretty well, right? That being the case, why don't I get more time!?

John Hollinger
John Hollinger

Are we sure this isn't Chad posting under an alias? Sorry, Darko hasn't played well even when he's had the time. He looked terrible in the limited burn I saw him get with New York. He's been given about a hundred more chances than most other players and he's failed in all of them. Maybe KK Zadar or Buducnost Podgorica can get a better year out him next season and he'll become a useful backup in the Adriatic League. Full transcript

Blake (Los Angeles)

"As for Turkoglu ... he's really turned the Raptors around, hasn't he." Do I detect some sarcasm here from you, Mr. Ford?

Chad Ford
Chad Ford

You know that the apocalypse is upon us when Bill Simmons of all people is arguing for teams to overpay a 30 year old soft European ... and Chad Ford, of all people, doesn't agree. Full transcript

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