For a brief and not-exactly-wonderful period of time, the Boston Celtics employed Darko Milicic. By then, nobody expected much from him. The former No. 2 overall pick — in one of the best drafts ever — had already disappointed for a long time. He was not “manna from heaven,” as David Kahn once claimed. In the basketball sense, Milicic more closely resembled dung from the underworld; he still counts as the biggest reason the Detroit Pistons failed to rattle off a mini-dynasty. If they had selected Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh or Dwyane Wade instead…

But no, they wanted Darko, whose NBA tenure amounted to a punchline. By the time he arrived in Boston, in 2012, Milicic’s reputation had eroded fully enough Doc Rivers wanted him to forget his own name. “I tell him every day, ‘You’re no longer Darko. You’re a Celtic,'” Rivers once said.

Milicic — or A Celtic, if you wish — appeared in just one regular season game for Boston. He played five minutes, grabbed one rebound, committed two turnovers, missed his lone shot, and later decided to leave the team. Initially the Celtics claimed he wanted to tend to his ill mother, but in time Milicic admitted the truth: he left Boston because basketball just wasn’t working for him.

Now, according to a report from NBA Serbia, he has left the sport altogether to try kickboxing. At just 29, maybe he could still have time to establish himself as a world-class fighter. At 7-feet tall and absolutely massive, he should at the very least look intimidating in the ring. Imagine the fear you would feel while receiving this glare. And as a friend of mine pointed out on Twitter, Milicic’s underwhelming NBA career — Basketball Reference actually lists his nickname as “The Human Victory Cigar” — might …read more