Top 5 Darko Milicic quotes from Celtics Media Day
|09.28.12 at 10:32 pm ET|
Five highlights from Celtics center Darko Milicic‘s interview at the team’s media day in Waltham:
On his Celtics role: “I’m going to do my best to get my minutes, but like I said before, right now it’s not about me. It’s about the team, especially after getting released last season from Minnesota. I didn’t expect any team to come forward, especially because all the years I’m in the NBA there’s always something going on around me. After all that, the Celtics are a championship team that came up and took me, so it’s an honor. Whatever it takes. Doc [Rivers] is a great coach. A lot of experience. He’s going to fit me wherever I fit the best. I’m not going to complain about it. Whatever I need to do, I’m going to do it.”
On getting to Boston: “I fly from Serbia.”
On meeting Kevin Garnett: “I’m excited to learn from him, but I’m excited to learn from everybody else, because that’s what Boston is all about. It’s about teamwork. It’s not about one guy; it’s about everybody. It’s a team. Whatever my job is going to be … we have a championship team, so all the pieces have to be together on the same page, because that’s how the championships are won — by the whole team playing well.”
On draft day expectations: “Those guys from Detroit, they thought they needed me to be the second pick, but right now to talk about that it’s kind of different. For me, I stopped chasing the dream as being the second pick a long time ago. All I was asking the people from the NBA, my teams that I played for before, let me be the best that I can be. At the beginning, I didn’t have a chance. … For me, for people to say, ‘Hey, you’re right, you should be the second pick,’ I’d have to have 50 points and 30 rebounds. Those guys are f@cking animals. LeBron [James], [Dwyane] Wade and all those guys [Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh], they’re great players, so for me to prove people wrong, I’d have to have 100 points and 50 rebounds a game. All I’ve been thinking in my career is that people let me be the best I can be, not be the second pick, just be the best I can be. In the beginning, I didn’t have a chance. I did make mistakes earlier in my career, but it is what it is right now. I never thought I would be here, playing with these guys for a championship. I’m going to do my best to stay here and fight for my position.”
On Rajon Rondo’s influence: “We already played two or three pickup games here the last two or three days. I played with him. It’s on a totally different level playing with him. It’s going to be fun playing with all these guys, but with him, especially an elite point guard like that who has unbelievable passes, he’s going to find you. If you’re open for a second, he’s going to find you. There’s no doubt. So, it’s great. It’s great playing with him already.”
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