Friday, September 02, 2005

Billups Blasts Brown

Pistons guard Chauncey Billups is no fan of the way his former coach Larry Brown handled project Darko Milicic.
His fear is that Brown might have "beaten" Milicic up so badly mentally that he may never become a good NBA player.
Billups dumped a big load on Brown' lap during Thursday's Sport Inferno Show at Lucky's of Novi. Fans immediately reacted to what Billups' words much of the day.
“I just think Larry beat him up too much,” Billups said. “He beat him up and tore the kid’s confidence apart too much and it was too tough for him to recover. Maybe having a new face in Flip (Saunders), it is different. Hopefully he didn’t beat him up too much where he can never recover.
“The kid has unbelievable talent and there’s nothing he can’t do out there on the court.”

Milicic, 20, came to the Pistons as a 7-foot jump shooting small forward. Brown attempted to turn him into a post player, an experiment that has yet to pay dividends.
Milicic has scored just 115 points in two seasons and is shooting 29 percent from the field.
Billups said he attempted to talk to Milicic, but said he did not get support from the coaching staff.
“I have done a lot to help him but when I would try to help him with that I was not getting help from the coaching staff,” Billups said. “I just wanted Larry to play him some minutes in the second quarter or third quarter-minutes where it is not going to hurt the game or affect the game. It would get him thinking he can play or he is one of the good players on the team. And that keeps him from having those self confidence problems.”
Billups said Milicic deserved more playing time in the second and third quarters, but Brown refused.

** In the same interview Billups picked the Pistons to return to the NBA Finals to face San Antonio. The Miami Heat made significant changes by bringing in point guard Jason Williams and forward Antoine Walker. But neither are strong defensive players.
“Everybody knows you got to be able to play defense and stop people,” Billups said. “Everybody knows we and San Antonio are the best teams and I think it is going to be the same way.”

10 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its good to know other players still have confidence in Darkman. If chauncey hasn't given up on him, then pistons fans shouldn't either.

7:43 AM

 
Blogger billionaire said...

Terry that's not really a ripping. Darko is soft especially if he is calling what he went through a confidence breaker. Look you had a picture showing darko painting bobble heads. Enough said.

9:32 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is what we all feared. We keep hearing how Darko could play in practice, but we rarely saw it in games (aka garbage time).

Most of you have played sports. Who hasn't had that coach that ruined your confidence? This does happen all the time, but obviously the psyche can recover. In the end, this may make Darko stronger, but he needs to dig deep and show what he can do.

He'll get the opportunity... I just hope it's in Detroit!

10:51 AM

 
Blogger hmmgdetroit said...

How are you Terry, Grover McCants (Former Piston Staffer) here... I always felt Darko was a three... thats the way he was obviously taught to play. That being said, to make him into a 4-5 is reteaching him everything he learned as a kid. Micheal Jordan and Doug Collins had the same type of thing happen with Kwame Brown (leading to his dismissal from the team under new coach Eddie Jordan) as CB descibes with Larry and Darko. Hopefully Darko has thicker skin and can recover under Flip. Hope you and your family are doing well. keep giving us those great powerful writing skills Terry. We are all more informed for your work.

10:54 AM

 
Blogger dildo_farts said...

Of course Chauncey is gonna stick up for Darko he would have did the same for Billy Curley he's obligated to as the captain. What the fuck was Chauncey supposed to say "yeah we should have drafted Dwayne Wade this is the dumbest pick ever!!" of course not but we all know he was thinking that.

Don't let this fool anyone darko still blows more than my dad, and I have confidence in him sucking once again why the fuck don't they interview me??

4:35 PM

 
Blogger dildo_farts said...

And to the dude who is comparing coaches ruining people confidence that was like middle school this is the freakin NBA you idiot Kobe, Amare, TMac all those dudes came in with confidence and a swagger can't blame Darko sucking on a coach thats like blamming Terry Foster for sucking because he's a fag. Can't do that.

4:39 PM

 
Blogger hmmgdetroit said...

d_f stick in a little deeper and maybe it will stop the gas. Punk.

6:24 PM

 
Blogger Jonathon Combs said...

Hey, Great Stuff. I'll be back to read often.

Jon
http://www.pistonsnews.com

8:01 PM

 
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