Darko Milicic: From 2nd pick NBA draft to peaceful apple farmer
If you follow NBA basketball and wondered what ever happened to Darko Milicic … well he returned to Serbia and became a farmer. The second overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft after LeBron James, Milicic played for the Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, Memphis Grizzlies, New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Boston Celtics before asking to be released in 2012 due to personal matters.
Where has Milicic been since? On his 125-acre apple farm in Serbia, of course. According to ESPN, Milicic traveled to Italy to study orchards where he learned about soil, tree types, and apple varieties. The farm also has a man-made lake stocked with fish, that serves as a water-treatment system to irrigate the orchards. So far, Milicic has invested $8 million on his farm and growth has been steady … 10,000 pounds of fruit per year.
The former NBA star plans to expand into cherries next. Why farming? As Milicic says, he was trying to find his peace.