Thursday, July 15, 2010

A video worth watching

In this hysterical video clip during a recent NBA summer league game, Minnesota Timberwolves GM David Kahn describes Darko Milicic as "manna from heaven." He says Darko is "legitimately" 7'1" (as opposed to ... unlegitimately?) and is the best passing big man he's ever seen. Really?!!? This from the GM of the team that has the league's BEST passing big man in Kevin Love? Unbelievable.

Kahn then proceeds to compare Darko's career to fellow commentator Chris Webber, because they both started out slow. Webber laughs and says "Don't talk about me and Darko in the same sentence." It's high comedy.

Now, for the record, Webber started in 76 games as a rookie, averaged 17.5 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, shot 55% from the field, and won Rookie of the Year. Generally, winning ROY doesn't constitute a slow start.

Webber then averaged at least 20 points for 8 straight seasons, made 5 all-star games, and scored a grand total of 17,182 points as an NBA player. Only 6 players in NBA history have career averages of 20 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists. Webber is one of them, and the other 5 are Hall of Famers.

Darko, on the other hand, started in 3 games in his first 4 seasons, and has now been with 6 teams in his 7 year career. He finally eclipsed the 2,000 point mark last season - by contrast Webber eclipsed that mark halfway through his second pro season.

Darko is arguably the least talented player to ever take the court in an NBA game, and also one of the craziest. (caution: that video contains language that is way inappropriate for children).

Manna from heaven? More like a plague of locusts.

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