Doc Rivers is one of the best coaches in the league in part because he knows how to handle guys. It is a similar trait that Phil Jackson used to win so many titles with some of the biggest head cases in all of sports on his teams.
Enter Darko Milicic, who at the very least has a fair amount of baggage headed into his first season with his 7th team.
Milicic has obviously been bogged down by the pressure and expectations of being selected so high in a draft class that has become one of the best in recent memory. "You can see that he gets frustrated easy," Rivers said. "So we’re trying to eliminate those episodes. Our thing right now with Darko is to play forward. From being around for a short time, as a coach I can probably feel he’s played his career backwards. He lives in the past a lot and we’re trying to get him to live in the future. I told him (Friday), the only time I’ll take you out is if you make a mistake and make another mistake because you’re thinking about the last mistake. I won’t take you out for making a mistake. So hopefully that works."
Reading between the lines, the feeling I get from Doc's comments about Darko are "hey, we'll try anything - and if it works, great. If it doesn't, oh well."