For the Celtics, a shot in the Darko

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Cheers and Jeers,Sports,NBA,Craig Stouffer

That Darko Milicic signed with the Boston Celtics before training camp again demonstrates 7-footers with NBA experience can find work until they aren't able to run. Just ask Jermaine O'Neal. But Milicic is unlikely to move the needle in Boston's pursuit of one more NBA championship before the window for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce closes.

Milicic has just as many rings as those future Hall of Famers, having averaged 4.7 minutes as a rookie for the Detroit Pistons during their 2004 championship run. More recently, though, he was amnestied by Minnesota with two years and $10 million remaining on the four-year deal he signed with the Timberwolves in 2010.

In Boston, Milicic becomes a low-risk backup for Garnett, who is sure to brutalize him in practice. The Celtics also have veteran big men Chris Wilcox and Jason Collins along with rookie Fab Melo, a group that doesn't exactly inspire fear. If Milicic and that group play a significant role in Boston's season, it would be more surprising than the fact that Milicic is still in the league.

- Craig Stouffer

cstouffer@washingtonexaminer.com

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