Darko Okay With Boos

Booing him early and often, Detroit Pistons fans let Darko Milicic know they still begrudge him for being a bust.

The Pistons drafted Milicic second overall in 2003 — passing on Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh — and traded him two-plus seasons later after he averaged fewer than two points a game as a seldom-used reserve.

Milicic said in the past, and reiterated Sunday, he just wants to play.

The 7-foot, 250-pound center from Serbia-Montenegro was jeered and taunted throughout the game, particularly while shooting free throws.

“I don’t really care,” he insisted. “Back home fans used to throw baseball [bats] at me. They used to try to kill me back home, that’s why I don’t even care.”

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