Darko Milicic is silver lining in Timberwolves' loss to Thunder

The Timberwolves lost another game Sunday night, but something special happened at Target Center: A new hero emerged for Wolves fans, a guy who many fans had never heard of before last Wednesday - a guy who hadn't played in an NBA game in three months. Full Story
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The Hard Truth

Northome, MN

#1 Feb 22, 2010
We were excited when Ryan Hollins had his two game spurt; we were excited when Nathan Jawai made a few hook shots; we're excited now. But Darko feels different. There is something "Sabonis-like" about his game -- lumbering, competent, and complementary. When he was out there we felt a little bit like a team rather than a bunch of overmatched guys hoping that one of them would catch fire and carry us to an unlikely victory. I hope for Darko's sake and ours that this is the start of something good.
Norman Teigen

Hopkins, MN

#2 Feb 22, 2010
Well, the addition of this player is encouraging. The T'wolves need all the help that is available. It does seem that the writer might have fallen prey to the elusive idea that one player can bring success to a moribund organization. Long-suffering Minnesota fans know the fallacy of getting the-one-guy-who- can-bring-us-success. This list includes such sports characters as Dean Chance, Herschel Walker, Dan Monson, Tubby Smith, and Tim Brewster.
Steveb

Mankato, MN

#3 Feb 22, 2010
They should've traded Jefferson. He's nowhere near the player everyone thought he would be for being the #1 overall prospect coming out of High School.
Rob MPLS

Hopkins, MN

#4 Feb 22, 2010
Nice game Darko!
Ap2_s2k

Minnetonka, MN

#5 Feb 22, 2010
This guy actually put up some pretty nice stats.
Tony_D

Rochester, NY

#6 Feb 22, 2010
Well,well,well...Darko played ok,but that doesn't mean he will play ok every single time for the rest of 26 games. I watched Darko numerous times and belive me he knows how to play. He is not Andrew Bynum but he is ok center, a lot of people don't see when he plays pick and roll with a quard,few times he did it yesterday with his big body he basically opens the lane for easy layup. Physically talent wise he is ok, but what me worries his mental state of mind. He is not the smartest cookie in the jar,very stubborn and typically serbian if doesn't go the way he wants he locks himselfs up and stubbornly rejects any help. He doesn't have anything to lose here, plays for loosing team with inexperienced coach. We need big body,athletic center and he is only 24. We need presence in the paint,what didn't show up in his stats,how many times he changed a shot. I hope he improves or stay on same level. 20-25 minutes per game,6-10 rebounds,6-10 points,1-2 blocked shots I would not ask for more. Maybe we will end up with 20 - 25 wins. Good luck Darko...
Wolvesfan

Rochester, MN

#7 Feb 22, 2010
I think it is a telling sign that a guy who hasn't played in 3 months, is gassed through most of his 19 minutes on the floor, is on a new team, and playing with guys he hasn't knows for more than a few days - and he has better stats than Al Jefferson. Al needs to step it up or he won't be here long. I don't think either Rambis or Kahn can ignore his low production for much longer. He has periodically been benched in the fourth quarter = and it doesn't seem tohave penetrated that he, as their supposed star player, isn't on the floor in crunch time. I'd leave him out of the starting line-up for a few games - see if that doesn't wake him up. I have been frustrated with him most of this year - and I don't think his knee has anything to do with it. The team seems to play better when he is on the bench. So keep him there.
Inquisitive

Garfield, MN

#8 Feb 22, 2010
Tony_D wrote:
Well,well,well...Darko played ok,but that doesn't mean he will play ok every single time for the rest of 26 games. I watched Darko numerous times and belive me he knows how to play. He is not Andrew Bynum but he is ok center, a lot of people don't see when he plays pick and roll with a quard,few times he did it yesterday with his big body he basically opens the lane for easy layup. Physically talent wise he is ok, but what me worries his mental state of mind. He is not the smartest cookie in the jar,very stubborn and typically serbian if doesn't go the way he wants he locks himselfs up and stubbornly rejects any help. He doesn't have anything to lose here, plays for loosing team with inexperienced coach. We need big body,athletic center and he is only 24. We need presence in the paint,what didn't show up in his stats,how many times he changed a shot. I hope he improves or stay on same level. 20-25 minutes per game,6-10 rebounds,6-10 points,1-2 blocked shots I would not ask for more. Maybe we will end up with 20 - 25 wins. Good luck Darko...
Very informative...I was wonder what his down side was. I knew there must be some reason he hasn't played much since being drafted.
Alfred Hayes

Saint Paul, MN

#9 Feb 22, 2010
Al Jefferson is a great offensive player. His ACL injury set himback. Stop complaining about a player less than a year removed from a torn ACL.

Al Jefferson is not the problem on this this team, and he will be a force again next year.
Al Jefferson is cable of scoring 35 points on any night. No one can guard him in the low post, one on one.
Worm

Detroit Lakes, MN

#10 Feb 22, 2010
One game does not make a season.
Wolvesfan

Rochester, MN

#11 Feb 22, 2010
Jefferson's knee does not keep him from passing the ball when he is double-teamed. It doesn't have anything to do with him trying to force his way down low through 2-3 defenders and getting stripped. He's not playing smart - he's playing selfishly - and that has absolutely nothing to do with his ACL! The problem is a lot higher up.
Sad

United States

#12 Feb 22, 2010
Is it possible to get the regualations changed to raise the basket 1 or 2 feet it is a joke with a two man team that can just dunk the ball in and the people think it is great. Get the basket up and see how many can play like we use too. Just like shack and the free throws.
oh man

Saint Paul, MN

#13 Feb 22, 2010
Nope, we still s##k here in Loserville.....
Marion McClinton

Saint Paul, MN

#14 Feb 22, 2010
Al Jefferson and Kevin Love cannot play on the court at the same time. It just doesn't work for either of them. Minnesota fans have the shortest memory of any sports fans in the nation. Big Al last year was doing a regular 30 point, 20 boards last year when he went down. The Tim's were playing like Wolves during that stretch. Without Big Al the wins stopped like the dance did at midnight for Cinderella. You let Big Al go and watch him win comeback player of the year and become an All Star. Love is good, a great rebounder, so-so scorer. Big Al should not be playing center where he's overmatched but power forward, where he can be unstoppable. A word on Darko. He was the guy Detroit picked No. 2 behind Lebron James and in front of Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh. Nuff said. At least he's a center, but there's a whole lot of quit in this guy. Rambis was my least favored Laker as a player and as a coach he's a joke. Dwayne Casey was fired with a winning record. It's been bums on parade ever since. As basketball fans Minnesotans make great hockey fans. Hockey they know. Reading their comments on basketball is better than reading the funny papers. Lotta laughs. Big Al used to score 30 grab 20 double-teamed before the ACL cuz that was what was required, cousin. Cut him loose and watch what happens. The Tims will still suck and Big Al will be in the playoffs. Rambis couldn't win with Kobe and Shack. Even though I hate the air he breathes the man for the job is Bill Laimbeer. The guy can flat out coach and has got enuff mean to make the Dali turn to Rambo and pull a "T" a night with razor sharp elbows. Just goes to show you how little the Tims and their sometime fans understand the game. Didn't take Garnett long to get his title after he left here. History repeats itself fools. This club couldn't build a team around KG. You think they can around Love? Look at last year's draft and weep. Fools!
Tony_D

Rochester, NY

#15 Feb 22, 2010
Comment#14-- Is Darko's fault that he was picked as #2 in front of Melo,DWade and Bosh??? No it is not. You know whose fault is that? Greedy owners who in every 7 footer saw a new Dirk Nowitzki. But, that ain't true anymore. Darko did not even play for meiocre team in Serbian leaque when he was drafted. He was playin' only 10 minutes a game,no inside presence,shooting three's and his coach Lukovic would not believe that somebody would draft him at that age. He told them he is not ready and won't be in 3-4 years let him stay and develop in Europe. But, noooooooooo, draft him now. So, he got lost,17 year old kid from Serbia,alone in USA,with people having high expectations for him and dang having an old wiesel for coach who dislike european players Brown, add all that and we got Darko of today. I ain't saying he is the best,but he has potential,he is better interior presence than P.Gasol,Darko destroyed him in few games they played against each other playing for national teams. He is ok and if his mind doesnt get in his way we might see almost double - double guy 8-10 points,6-8 rbd per game. he is still only 24 years old remember that.
DD Austin

Jackson, MS

#16 Feb 22, 2010
When the guy's name starts out with DARK - what can you expect? Hello....

Since: Sep 08

Lakeville, MN

#17 Feb 22, 2010
it doesnt take much to present a silver lining to this outfit
puffy26

Hopkins, MN

#18 Feb 22, 2010
Boom, how are you doin? Darko is the word son...
Mondak

Beaumont, CA

#19 Feb 22, 2010
Hey, Miliciic is wearing Rambis' old Laker uniform number. Combine his
height, skills, and Rambis' hustle & scramble, and we make the playoffs.
(LOL)
rosa u podne

Prague, Czech Republic

#20 Feb 23, 2010
Darko was consistently inconsistent in the past. Darko also had consistently at least two blocks on JON each time they played each other. He is also out of shape and after last game he might be hurting.

So it will be really interesting to see which Darko shows up against Heat.

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