Big Surprise: Howard, Nelson, Milicic listed as future of Magic
Remarkably, Milicic said he rarely ever lifted weights during his three seasons with the Detroit Pistons. Magic strength and conditioning coach Mick Smith has put Milicic on a similar program to the one that helped Howard gain 25 pounds the past two seasons.
Already an adept perimeter shooter and an uncanny passer, the Magic want Milicic to add some post moves to his game this summer. A rangy 7-footer with a solid fundamental base, the Magic fully believe Milicic can replace Battie as the starting center next season.
That certainly appeals to Milicic, who rarely played meaningful minutes before being dealt to Orlando.
"It's nice being here and getting a chance to play," said Milicic, who blocked 2.07 shots a game in just 20.9 minutes of playing time. "I enjoy the game again because I'm a part of the team. It's why I came (to America), to get to play and be counted on to help the team."
Milicic vows he's never been more excited about heading into an offseason so he can work on his game. He stressed he will come back next season ready to become an impact player.
I also read elsewhere that Darko has committed to spending at least a month in Orlando working out this summer. That's good news.