Blast from the Past – Darko Milicic Pre-Draft edition

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I love going through old NBA newsgroups. Hindsight is 20/20, but that doesn’t mean it’s not fun to read certain discussions and opinions from back in the day. Here are a few of my favorites from the newsgroups.

A little pre-draft discussion…

Nuggets general manager Kiki Vandeweghe also expects Detroit to grab
Milicic.

“I can’t imagine them passing on Darko,” he said.

I bet you can’t.

Here’s one from current Miami Heat, old man Juwan.

If Anthony comes Denver’s way, one person that would be a fan of his arrival is Nuggets free-agent forward Juwan Howard.

“If they get Carmelo, it’s a big plus,” said Howard, the Nuggets’
leading scorer and rebounder from last season. “I think he is the best
player in the draft.”

Someone tell LeBron James and Dwyane Wade that Juwan said this back in 2003.

We can keep going…

But what really excites them is his mature low-post play. “More than

Nowitzki, Gasol or even Divac, Darko has a nasty streak in him that will
help him succeed in the post,” a league executive said. “A lot of the
Europeans are really threes in the pros. He’ll be a true low-post
player. His coach is doing us a huge favor by forcing him to develop
those skills now. He already has moves that remind me of (Hakeem)
Olajuwon in the post. Once we get a hold of him, the sky’s the limit.”

Does anyone else really want to know who this league executive was?

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