Well, Doc got rid of Darko, and we could have used him...stupid move.
Did Doc get rid of him, or was Darko tired of waiting his turn, and quit on the team? Because I think that is more likely.
Well, from what I could read, it appears Doc "players coach" Rivers didn't give him a fair shot, and it also sounded like Darko had a family matter that was heavy on his heart. But I don't know... What I do know is we could use him, and I also recognize Barbosa isn't a true PG - but he could help us. Once you get in Doc's doghouse, it seems like you get stuck there or given up on...and that's sad.
A fair shot? He had to earn his minutes, or wait his turn. Had he waited another couple of weeks he would have been starting, when Wilcox went down.
People aren't the most clear headed when they're a LONG way from "home" and have a family member with something going on... I'm not going to defend Darko's actions because I don't know what was going on inside his head and heart.
But if Darko was made some promises here before signing (and I believe when he, Danny and Doc were in a room together - I bet certain things were said) and Doc didn't give him a fair shot (plus the guy got injured on his hand, if I recall) - it takes time. Afterall, isn't Danny's mantra "PATIENCE"??
I don't mean to accuse Darko of anything. Maybe it was a legitimate family emergency. But we can't blame Doc for Darko leaving. That is life at the end of the bench. You have to wait your turn and earn your minutes.
...or like Brandon Bass, have your minutes and role screwed with on a daily basis.
...or like Courtney Lee, have no idea what your role is.
...or like Jason Terry, be put in as the starter, when it's clear his best role is 6th man.
Sorry, I won't give Doc a free pass... I think he's mishandling this team this season, and what NBA players want most is to know their role so they can value it. Darko should have been given a bigger shot. He's WAY better than the useless Jason Collins... But I digress...