Pistons coach Larry Brown barely played Darko, putting him only during garbage time, when games were already decided. Darko barely played 7 minutes per game his 2nd year, not even averaging a bucket a night.

But as much as the 2003 class is known for its production in the NBA, it's also known for having one of the biggest busts in draft history: Darko Milicic. The 2003 NBA draft, which saw the Detroit Pistons draft Darko Milicic over several surefire Hall of Famers, will always be a sore topic for fans. That initial dissatisfaction probably led to me starting to hate and not enjoy playing. He started to lose control of his emotions, both on and off the court, and his anger and irritation would plague him throughout his career. How’d he become the happy cherry farmer he is today? The #2 pick in the 2003 draft was originally the pick of the Vancouver (now Memphis) Grizzlies. As a teenager, Darko was a long way from home, without any friends, and in a culture he didn’t understand.

Carmelo Anthony "forgot" who was drafted before him in 2003 while talking with Dwyane Wade. That was Darko’s second and final retirement, and this is where he became fascinated by cherries. Many NBA players live their whole lives dictated by the money and the fame that comes with the job. He was a player who had a ton of upside, a lot of potential, and the tools that could make him a transformative player in the NBA and an unguardable talent. During his third season, the Pistons had enough. Carmelo Anthony shares crazy boat story about LeBron James: 'He saved my life'.

NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Detroit could have had a potential dynasty. I hope he stays that way. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. In 2017, Milicic was the subject of an ESPN feature story that detailed the ways in which he has moved on from his past failures in basketball and followed his true passion in life: cherry farming. They cut ties and traded him to the Orlando Magic’s early retirement home. I could say I was too young back then, but I chose to go there myself and I obviously wasn't prepared for what the league would require from me. The victory cigars that could’ve been enjoyed, were prevented by the human victory cigar that was sarcastically enjoyed by fans over a three year span, until eventually the proverbial cigar burned out. With the continued lack of playing time and general unhappiness, Darko lost control wherever he went. Anthony, who despite having a great career is still ringless, speculated that he would've won "two or three" championships early in his career if he had been drafted by the Pistons, though he doesn't know what would have happened after.