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#1 TimBC

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Posted 14 March 2017 - 09:53 AM

This is interesting in its own right, but also reminds us of yet another player who should have been good.

To his credit, he admits that he was immature then, and also fighting depression while here. 

 

http://sports.yahoo....-131359198.html

 

Key quote: “The only thing I told my manager was I’ll go anywhere but Memphis. Just don’t send me to Memphis. Of course I went to Memphis,..."



#2 fanboyslim

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Posted 14 March 2017 - 10:50 AM

This is interesting in its own right, but also reminds us of yet another player who should have been good.

To his credit, he admits that he was immature then, and also fighting depression while here. 

 

http://sports.yahoo....-131359198.html

 

Key quote: “The only thing I told my manager was I’ll go anywhere but Memphis. Just don’t send me to Memphis. Of course I went to Memphis,..."

It has to be very hard for a 19 yo kid to be sent alone to a foreign country, with limited grasp of the language, huge expectations and being pummeled at every step of his early career. As much as I make fun of Darko I have a soft spot for him that I don't have for Thabeet.

 

Best of luck to him in his new life.



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Posted 14 March 2017 - 10:58 AM

Too bad his manager didn't listen.

#4 TimBC

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Posted 14 March 2017 - 11:21 AM

It has to be very hard for a 19 yo kid to be sent alone to a foreign country, with limited grasp of the language, huge expectations and being pummeled at every step of his early career. As much as I make fun of Darko I have a soft spot for him that I don't have for Thabeet.

Also, as the article noted, he was a big man who could shoot threes - about six years too early. 



#5 Memfizz

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Posted 14 March 2017 - 11:57 AM

Why did he hate Memphis so much?

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Posted 14 March 2017 - 12:20 PM

Have to remember we had still not won a playoff game and the perception of the franchise was a lot different.

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Posted 14 March 2017 - 12:38 PM

Why did he hate Memphis so much?

 

Had nothing to do with Memphis per se. Moreso it was a horrible franchise. We won a combined 46 games in Darko's 2 years. The franchise was on a downward spiral after Hubie/Fratello's run and we had been rebuilding for a while. The coach was Iavaroni. i'd be miserable too. He basically said he was miserable everywhere except Orlando i think. The guy was clinically depressed.



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Posted 14 March 2017 - 12:49 PM

Why did he hate Memphis so much?

 

He wanted to win. As he was used to winning.

 

Too bad the league didn't take him seriously.

Nobody wanted Centers shooting outside shots back then.

 

If you read the whole article, he didn't want to be anywhere.

The guy just wanted out of the league.



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Posted 14 March 2017 - 02:33 PM

i would love to know how it feels to be miserable while making MILLION of dollar



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Posted 14 March 2017 - 02:33 PM

this player is a f----- joke



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Posted 14 March 2017 - 02:35 PM

this player is a f----- joke

Oh the irony

#12 notnilc20

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Posted 16 March 2017 - 08:23 AM

i would love to know how it feels to be miserable while making MILLION of dollar


Definantly first world problems.

#13 TimBC

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Posted 16 March 2017 - 08:41 AM

I guess you've never known anyone with depression. Money doesn't fix it.

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Posted 16 March 2017 - 09:03 AM

I'm laughing at what he told David Kahn before Minny acquired him. I lover the honesty but Darko wasn't good enough to have had the mentality that he had. He was lucky to be in the NBA, because he certainly wasn't very talented.

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Posted 16 March 2017 - 09:08 AM

I guess you've never known anyone with depression. Money doesn't fix it.

I had a friend who despite having money, a steady job and a happy family, ended taking his own life because he couldn't muster the strength to get out of bed in the morning. I wouldn't wish depression on my worst enemies.