Sunday, September 18, 2005

30 Reasons to Get Fired Up For the 2005-06 NBA Season - #24

# 24 - More Darko!

We've been waiting patiently. Those brief glimpses at the end of Pistons blowouts can only hold us over for so long. Not since Michael Jordan has there ever been a player who demands all viewers to drop their glasses and steer their undivided attention towards the television every time he steps foot on the floor. Heck, he's even caused one of basketball's most popular catch phrases, "Mop-up duty", to change to "Dark-o duty". We're ready for more Darko and this looks to be the year we're going to get more Darko.

Larry Brown is gone as Pistons head coach and supposedly nobody was more critical of Darko's play than the NBA's resident head coaching slut. Enter Flip Saunders. The former 'Wolves coach was heavily involved in the development of such big time players as Kevin Garnett, Stephon Marbury, Chauncey Billups, Wally Szczcerbiak, and Tom Gugliotta. He also brought along such busts as James "Hollywood" Robinson, Cherokee Parks, Chris Carr, William Avery, and Loren Woods. The point is Flip isn't afraid to play the young bucks. Not that he has much of a choice anyways, since Pistons management is allegedly stringent that Darko get some legitimate run this season. I know the Pistons still boast a starting frontcourt with 'Sheed and Ben Wallace, that they have arguably the league's best backup forward in Antonio McDyess, that they drafted Jason Maxiell, and that Joe Dumars went out and signed Dale Davis, but Darko is going to get more PT-- he's just going to have to earn it.

Is it even conceivable that Darko is good enough to earn playing time ? You know what? I'm not even sure. Considering his VSL numbers (9.8 PPG, 1.4 BPG, 36.7 FG% in 29.8 MPG) were less impressive than both Maxiell's (15.0 PPG, 1.8 BPG, 51.9 FG% in 26.8 MPG) and fellow draftee, high school product Amir Johnson's (8.8 PPG, 0.4 BPG, 69.2 FG% in 19.4 MPG), maybe it's not plausible. Maybe there was a real reason JD brought in Dale Davis other than to bring more experience to the squad and to help mentor Darko. Maybe Jason Maxiell and Amir Johnson weren't drafted just to add more depth and youth to the team. Maybe it's time to face the reality that Darko might never be a player worthy of being drafted ahead of Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Kirk Hinrich, Josh Howard, Mickael Pietrus, Nick Collison, Brian Cook, Kendrick Perk-- (gee whiz, I could honestly go through the whole fucking first round at this point). Maybe the guy just flat out sucks and he'll never become anything in this league.

But we're going to find out this season whether that is the case. The Pistons have already exercised their contract option on Darko for the 2006-07 season, so he's got 2 more seasons to show the franchise what he's capable of. They won't just plain sit him behind Davis and Maxiell this season, not with a new coach at the helm and not after they have waited patiently for two seasons to see what kind of results their major investment can produce. It's up to our boy now. Flip will give him every single opportunity to prove that he should be on the floor for a considerable amount of time this season. It's on you Darko-- we'll be watching.


At 9:01 AM, Anonymous Joe said...

I've been watching the European championship this weekend. Darko has actually played pretty well. While only playing in 13 mpg, he has 5 rpg along with 1.7 bpg and a 71% 2pt fg. He had a great game vs. Israel playing in 15 min with 11 points, making all 3 shots, all 5 from the charity stripe, 7 rebounds (3 offensive), 1 steal and 3 blocks. He is playing with one of the best teams but he's also playing the best teams.

Before you guys start saying, "well he's an NBA player, they are superior to those europeans". Look at Tony Parker, he may have been the worst starter of this tournement yet. I mean he's been worse than you can imageine. Just look at his stats. 27 mpg, 4,7 ppg, 2.7 topg, 26% 2pt fg, 0% 3pt (0/7) and 1.3 apg. Its not that the french team is so bad that the NBA players there cant perform. Look at Mickael Pietrus game the other day, 22 pts, 7 rebounds, 80% 2pt fg, and 40% 3pt. What about Boris Diaw stat so far. 15 ppg, 63& 2pt fg, 5.3 rpg, 4.3 apg.

So far I've been watching the division the Germans play in and thus watching games with Russia and Germany. Its great to see AK47. What a tournement he's having. The Russians are playing the best defense by far, and its only because of AK. They held the Germans to 51 point (lost the game however) and AK had 8 steals. He has had 4 spg and 3 bpg so far along with 10.3 rpg and 16.7 ppg. However only 46% 2pt fg and 33 % 3pt fg. So long yet so quick and good footwork. I hope this tournement will do him good. I know it wont do Tony Parker any good.

There are some NBA players are not playing, Pau Gasol is missing and the new Pacer Sarunas Jasikevicius. Some (the young ones) were not selected (like rookies Petro and Korolev).

At 9:23 AM, Anonymous rom said...

Tony Parker is playing with knee and leg injury that's why he plays so bad.

At 9:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tony Parker farted and it smells like cheese

At 11:25 AM, Blogger Paul Benedict said...

Thanks for the info, Joe. Where did you find such information? I'd be very interested to read more.

At 12:40 PM, Anonymous Joe said...

Paul: You could get pplive and watch those games, go to get the program, install it. Then go to and there you can see the most interesting sporting events live. On thursday its the elimation round starting with some really interesting games. If you dont want to do that, eurobasket2005 offers every game to be watched on your computer for a fee of 25$. Go to

Paul, i'm wondering, i'm not from USA, arent there any news in USA from the european championship??

For stats and info for the competition, go to . Its on English.

I know Parker isn't 100% healthy but I dont think he would perform much better if healthier to be honest. Also, I dont think the other NBA players are 100% either at this time of the year. Still, they dont struggle nearly as bad as Parker has.

At 5:52 PM, Anonymous Joe said...

Talking about Darko, look at this clip This is from the european championship against Israel. I think this might be the Darko's season. He just has to get more confidence in himself, and with Brown gone and Darko seemingly having a good tournement in Europe I think it might happen

At 6:35 PM, Blogger Anthony Peretore said...

No it's not a misprint, Paul wrote "gee whiz". Am I the only one who noticed this?


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