"I think [he] and Eddy were competing for playing time a little bit here," Lee said. "If Eddy's not playing right now, I think Darko's going to get his shot. Hopefully he'll make the most of it, but we are also waiting for Eddy to come back as well."
The 7-foot, 317-pound Curry was forced to leave training camp on the first day last week with a torn right calf muscle. Knicks President Donnie Walsh said Tuesday that Curry would be held out of action until he proves he can run up and down the floor. He could potentially miss the season opener Oct. 28 in Miami.
That, in turn, opens the door wide open for Milicic, the No. 2 pick in the 2003 NBA Draft behind LeBron James.
"Oh yeah, he'll play a lot. We expect a lot of him," Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni said on Wednesday. "He's 7-feet long. He blocks shots. He really knows how to play. He's a real smart basketball player. He is better defensively one-on-one than I thought. Mostly we expect him to keep getting better and better and getting more comfortable. He could add a lot."
When he was just an 18-year-old out of Serbia, Milicic was drafted behind James but ahead of Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade.
He has never quite lived up to the hype and is now seeking to resurrect his career at Madison Square Garden.
"I didn't ask nobody to be the second pick," Milicic, 24, told reporters last week at training camp in Saratoga Springs. "I didn't ask nobody."
Milicic spent two-plus seasons in Detroit where he was relegated to the bench on a team that reached back-to-back NBA Finals. He played in 71 games his first two seasons but never averaged more than 1.8 points a game. More.
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