Former Top NBA Draft Pick Darko Milicic is Going to be a Kickboxer

September 23, 2014
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Darko Milicic, the No.2 overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, is giving up basketball to beat people up.

According to a report from (there’s basketball in Serbia?), the 7-foot, now-former NBA player has officially retired from professional basketball and will try his hand — and foot, apparently — at kickboxing.

Milicic will sign with WAKO Pro (World Association of Kickboxing Organizations) and have his first fight announced on Wednesday, according to the report, which was horribly translated for us by Google Translate.

As far as his professional kickboxing experience, we didn’t find any. And there isn’t so much as a Sherdog profile for the guy, so we guess no MMA for him? Shucks.

Milicic hasn’t played in the NBA since 2012, when he had a short stint with the Boston Celtics, and he’s considered one of the biggest NBA busts of all time. To put it in perspective for you, he was drafted just after LeBron James and ahead of Carmelo Anthony, Dwayne and Chris Bosh. All of those guys are current NBA superstars, whereas Darko couldn’t make an all-star team if he paid for it.

Let’s hope for him that the fight game is nicer to him than that of the NBA.

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  • ignoranceisbliss

    Mr. Erik, it is really ignorant to ask “there’s basketball in Serbia?” – if you looked at a Wikipedia page about
    FIBA Basketball World Cup you would find out that players from Serbia (and ex Yugoslavia) have the same number of World Basketball Championship titles as USA

  • idioticErik

    There is basketball in Serbia? Anyone can write reports these days. If you had watched world championship this summer you’d see Serbia on it, and you’d see their great players. While USA players are on roids, Serbians have heart and that is their drug. Who ever is writting these reports, I would like to say to him ” Go back to school, and learn something” .

  • Ignoramus???

    Quote: “there’s basketball in Serbia?”

    Serbia as a member of Yugoslavia:

    -Olympic Games:

    * Gold: 1980
    * Silver: 1968, 1976, 1988
    * Bronze: 1984

    -FIBA World Cup:

    * Gold 1970, 1978, 1990
    * Silver 1963, 1967, 1974
    * Bronze 1982, 1986

    -FIBA EuroBasket:

    * Gold: 1973, 1975, 1977, 1989, 1991
    * Silver 1961, 1965, 1969, 1971, 1981
    * Bronze 1963, 1979, 1987

    Serbia (after the breakup of Yugoslavia):

    -Olympic Games:

    * Silver: 1996

    -FIBA World Cup:

    * Gold: 1998, 2002
    * Silver: 2014

    -FIBA EuroBasket:

    * Gold: 1995, 1997, 2001
    * Silver: 2009
    * Bronze: 1999


    Some of Serbian players: Vlade Divac, Peja Stojakovic, Dejan Bodiroga, Zeljko Rebraca, Milos Teodosic, Predrag Danilovic and so on…

    Among the best coaches in the world: Zeljko Obradovic & Dusan Ivkovic


    Serbia population: 7,253,862
    U.S. population: 319,106,000
    //and compare the number of medals listed above…


    Erik Fontanez is an ignoramus.