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Former NBA First Round Draft Pick Tries His Hand At Kickboxing

Darko Milicic Kickboxing
AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic

Sports can be cruel, one second you are the top and the next it is all gone.

In 2003 the sky was the limit for Serbian basketball player Darko Milicic. The 18 year old was the second overall pick in the NBA draft, he was selected by the Detroit Pistons. Milicic stood seven feet tall and was expected to play a key role at center for the Pistons, but that never happened. Milicic bounced around the league to different teams for ten years, never living up to his potential. He retired from the NBA in 2013, and it 2014 it was revealed that he would be pursuing a career in Kickboxing.

Now athleticism is athleticism, but jumping from Basketball to Kickboxing is quite the leap. Milicic made his Kickboxing debut in December of 2014 in Serbia. He faced fellow Serbian Radovan Radojcic at Soul Night of Champions and unfortunately for Milicic his Kickboxing career got off to a rocky start like his Basketball career.

(Click next to watch Darko Milicic’s Kickboxing debut)

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