A (semi)-permanent searchable archive of our failures.
I can use this searchable archive to point out the failures of others. Occasionally I do. But usually, I use it to poke fun at myself.
And sometimes I need very little help because others help me. When I’m really lucky, the process is automated.
Such was the case Sunday night, when I got my daily alert from Timehop, an app that searches social media and delivers to you things you posted exactly 1, 2, 3 years ago, and so on.
The alert in question reminded me of something I had posted 6 years ago on Facebook (and presumably Twitter, too, since at that time everything I posted on Twitter was autoposted on Facebook, an annoyance to friends that I quickly ditched).
I had watched the Timberwolves debut of Darko Milicic on Feb. 21, 2010, and I was IMPRESSED.
“It’s EXTREMELY early,” I started, providing some sort of caveat for the crazy, rose-colored proclamation to come, “but Darko Milicic looks, at the very least, useful for the Wolves.”
Upon re-reading this, I did what anyone would do: I told the me of six years ago (and Timehop by extension) to shut up, using Twitter.
“At the very least, useful,” established a baseline value for Darko that I’m not sure he every quite achieved in Minnesota. He did play well enough at the end of 2009-10, after being acquired by the Wolves, for David Kahn — he of the “manna from Heaven” quote about Darko — to give Milicic a four-year, $20 million contract in the offseason.
Darko had a functional 2010-11 season, even finishing fifth in the NBA in blocks. By 2011-12, he had lost whatever he had found. In the 2012 offseason, the Wolves used the amnesty clause on Milicic. He played exactly one career NBA game (five minutes) after that, for Boston.
Where I can give myself a little bit of a pass is upon a closer re-inspection of that debut with the Wolves six years ago Sunday. Because that box score will go down in the Box Score Hall of Fame.
The Wolves were playing Oklahoma City — the Thunder was in the midst of its breakout 50-win season, the one people keep saying the current Wolves could emulate someday. Minnesota was in the midst of a 15-win season in the first year of Kahn and Kurt Rambis, which would be followed by a 17-win season in their second year.
But for one night, the two teams were equals — or, to be more precise, they were two sides of a very strange coin.
For the game, Darko played 19 minutes, 5 seconds off the bench. He made 4 of 7 shots from the field for 8 points, while chipping in 8 rebounds, 2 assists and a blocked shot.
And the second-most stunning fact of all: he was a plus-35 in those 19+ minutes.
I say second-most stunning because here’s the most stunning thing: the Wolves still lost, 109-107 (the final points were supplied on a Jonny Flynn three-pointer). And they lost largely because Al Jefferson, who played the other 28 minutes, 55 seconds that Darko was not in the game, was a minus-37.
It was the Wolves’ sixth consecutive loss, while it was OKC’s ninth consecutive victory.
Darko appeared in 32 games that season between the Knicks and Wolves. His teams were a combined 3-29. In no other game was he even double-digits on the plus side. But for one night, at least, he was a plus-35.
And some guy called him useful. I forget who it was, but you can go look it up because the Internet is forever.