Darko Milicic’s lasting legacy in the NBA may come from being
drafted one pick after LeBron James and before Carmelo Anthony,
Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade.
Milicic never lived up to the lofty expectations set for him
before the draft, hopping from city to city and playing for six
teams in 10 seasons.
Milicic abruptly left the NBA in 2012 and returned to his native
Serbia, leaving behind a legacy as a draft bust.
Milicic occasionally popped up in the news after leaving the NBA
— once for an attempt to play for a Serbian basketball team and
later for a brief kickboxing career.
ESPN’s Sam Borden caught up to Milicic for a long profile for
ESPN.com and “E:60” and revealed that Milicic is now a content
apple farmer in Serbia. According to Borden, Milicic is over his
time in the NBA and now focuses on his 125-acre farm of apples.
Additionally, he wants to get into farming cherries.
“See, Darko got into commercial farming after basketball. Some
athletes do real estate or clothing — Darko did fruit. Don’t be
confused: His farm is more Dole Plantation than Old MacDonald. He
has 125 acres filled with apple trees and exports the apples to
Dubai, Russia and countries in Africa.
“Cherries, though, are his vision. The financial return on
cherries is tremendous, Darko says, and the market is wide open.
When Darko talks about cherries, his eyes get wide. He gets