Darko Milicic will forever be remembered as the player chosen after LeBron James in the 2003 draft and ahead of Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade. Although he lasted 10 seasons in the league, he rarely saw action on the court and was not able to fully showcase his talent.
Many have wondered what happened to him and where he is now after suiting up in one game back in the 2012-2013 season with the Boston Celtics. The last public appearance he had as an athlete was three years ago when he fought professionally as a kickboxer.
The 31-year-old Serbian broke his silence recently and agreed to be interviewed by Serbian news website B92.net. He discussed what keeps him busy now and why he does not want to return to basketball anymore.
“Nah, I got 40 pounds since I quit, I have 160 pounds. Now I’m in agriculture, love and enjoy this production. I spend a lot of time in the field, walking, watching this process and it makes me very happy. Even though I young in it, but I like to learn, asked them, I go to seminars. I made myself a haven and enjoy. There are of course problems and, as in any business, but it’s better than I started to build a building to shoot in the city. I think this is the most positive story, you produce food, food is the future in every way.”
Milicic played in the league from 2003-2013 with six different franchises. In his 468 regular season games, he owns career averages of 6.0 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks. However, he became a fixture on the bench for the majority of his tenure in the NBA and was labeled a “bust” since he got drafted second overall in one of the most talented draft pools in history.
After revealing his current state, his supporters should feel happy for him now that he has found solace in being on his farm. Even if his professional career did not go according to plan, he is now at peace and doing what he loves to do.