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Darko speaks

Going from one extreme to another, here's a an article about Darko Milicic written by Serbian journalist Nikola Olic over at HoopsHype.com:

Two years after the Pistons drafted Darko Milicic, his career can finally begin. His numbers might not yet be impressive but they are meaningful and do not belong to the tail end of a 30-point blowout.

His slow demeanor, characteristic of a seven-foot human being, remains only while he is behind the scenes and still in his NBA-approved European garbs. On the court and wearing a 31 on his back, his body language is that of a young player eager to prove worthy of the support his teammates and a new coach have given him.

"The minutes I get on the floor are helping my confidence", Milicic said after their 119-82 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night, the first one of the season. "I am focusing on my defense and trying to get whatever comes from that. I try open shots as much as possible. If in my five minutes on the floor I don't get a good shot, I know I am off the court. There aren't many plays that are set for me, so I go for loose balls and any other sudden opportunities I can get from rebounding on both ends on the floor. I also try to go for open jumpers as much as possible."

It's a quick read, and a good one for Detroit fans that don't really get to hear Darko talk a whole lot. The kid almost never does interviews -- I wonder how much (if any) of this is translated. In any case, enjoy.

Turning point [HoopsHype]