Found November 20, 2012 on NESN.com:
WALTHAM, Mass. — Doc Rivers saw a change in Darko Milicic a few weeks ago, almost as soon as the veteran center found out that his mother was ill. It was one thing for Milicic to deal with some professional setbacks with the Celtics, having played a grand total of five minutes all season. Adding personal angst made it even tougher. “His mom’s sick, he’s not playing, the homesickness, it happens,” the Celtics coach said on Tuesday. “I didn’t fight him much. I told him he’s got to do what he thinks is right and I’m going to support him one way or the other. But it’s been going on for a little bit now.” Milicic opted to return to Europe to be with his mother, raising the possibility that this could be the end of the road for the former No. 2 overall draft pick not just with the Celtics, but with the NBA itself. Rivers did not discourage that line of thinking when he was asked if Milicic plans to return to Boston. “It doesn’t look like it,” Rivers said. If Milicic indeed is finished, i
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