Via Kenny, Darko on being a Piston:
SLAM: Do you ever get mad when people say they wasted a pick when they could’ve got Dwyane Wade or…
DM: They did! No, they did waste a pick, you know. Why did they take me? Who knows if I really had a chance to play like these players that play like Dwyane Wade or Carmelo, those guys are incredible players. So for me, being a second pick, I don’t get why they didn’t play me at all and, secondly, they did waste, you know? Why did they take me? You should take someone that they really think was gonna play right away because just taking someone to sit on the bench, you waste a pick and you waste the guy’s time. You wasted my time for three years not playing so you f**k up a player and you f**k up yourself, and I just didn’t get it. So I just didn’t get it. I guess they thought they were gonna be champions forever. I don’t know.
So the difference between Darko and Chris Bosh is that Bosh had time to play in Toronto?
I agree that Dumars’ mistake was multiplied by having Larry Brown as coach and having a lot of good frontcourt players stockpiled in front of Darko, but ultimately as a player you have to force your way onto the court through your own effort. You can’t blame your failure of development on Joe D.