Darko Milicic has made more than $42 million in his time in the NBA.
Which makes this anecdote from Casey Jacobsen — the former Stanford star who spent five seasons in the NBA and now plays in Europe — all the more interesting.
Jacobsen is writing for SLAM and talks about the best and worst teammates he’s ever had (loved playing Steve Nash, J.R. Smith not so much), and then comes this comment about Darko.
It’s nearly impossible to explain the weirdness that is Darko, but he told me one time that he did not keep his money in any bank, nor did he invest in stocks or bonds. “I just keep it,” he told me and then turned away. Looking back, I should have asked a follow-up question. I don’t know if I believe him, but he was making over $6 million that season. That’s a lot of cheddar to stash underneath a mattress! On another note… that was easily the longest conversation we ever had, and that was how he preferred it.
I’m not sure it’s a huge leap to think about why a Serbian might distrust large institutions… but seriously, what is he doing with all that money? The Serbian gangsta reputation grows.
Go read Jacobsen’s whole post, it’s worth it.