Former NBA scrub Casey Jacobsen—not to be confused with former MLB scrub Bucky Jacobsen—blogs occasionally for SLAM from Germany, where he now plays for Brose Baskets. His most recent post, where he describes his NBA teammates with senior superlatives, offers a real gem about Darko:
Weirdest teammate… in a bad way: Darko Milicic
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.
Whatever its relationship to the truth, this story wows us. The thought of Darko hoarding all his cash is such a treat.
For what it's worth, Jacobsen and Darko were teammates on the immortal 2007-08 Grizz, alongside Stromile Swift, Damon Stoudamire, Brian Cardinal, and Kwame Brown. I presume fun times were had.