While recently performing “administrative” work on this blog lately, BiE noticed that one of the most popular stories this week was, oddly enough, a one-year-old “Monday’s Cigarettes” column. Most searches bringing readers to that column were for the keywords “Milica Dabović.” Dabović is a 28-year-old whose CV includes three Eurobasket tournaments with Team Serbia.
Though why exactly so many came to Ball in Europe in search of stories on Dabović was a bit of a mystery, who is BiE to ignore the public need? (Particularly the need of the red-blooded American male bit of the public, which apparently remains blisslessly unaware of this fine … um, player. Basketball player.)
Note: NSFW stuff below the break.
BiE ultimately decided the recent public interest had to be because of the playmaker’s key game with her new team Blachy Pruszyński Lider Pruszków against Super Pol Tęcza Leszno today…
The well-traveled Dabović, who appears in “Die Girls von FHM,” figures to play in her third game and start her second for the club, which is coming off a disastrous 76-44 loss to CCC Polkowice and is currently mired in a four-way tie for last place in Poland’s top-division PLKK. On her part, Dabović played over 20 minutes, going 0-for-2 from the floor and scoring a minus-4 total performance rating in her first start for the team.
In September, Dabović signed with Paleo Faliro Piraeus after a brief turn with Hatis Yerevan amid much optimism, with Paleo Faliro coach Anthony Boumba proclaiming that “We are very happy because we have one of the biggest names in European basketball on our team. Dabović is one of the best point guards, with some experience in Euroleague and [in] the best leagues in Europe.”
By January, however, Dabović was out and into another team, another league. Pruszków makes the 15th club with which the lass has played since beginning her professional career in 2000. Since breaking in with Herceg Novi Beograd, Dabović has played with Beopetrol, Crvena Zvezda Beograd, UMMC Ekaterinburg, Nis Vojvodina Nid Novi Sad, UMMC Ekaterinburg, WBC Spartak Moscow Region, TEO Vilnius, Crvena Zvezda Beograd, BC Moscow, USO Mondeville, Besiktas Cola Turkey, Hatis Yerevan, and Paleo Faliro before getting with Pruszków this month. Surely these pics were taken as she journeyed between a couple of her new home teams:
One oft-repeated aspect of the Dabović story with regard to her FHM photo shoot is the guard’s justification for agreeing to do so. Claimed Dabović: “I lost a bet with a friend.” This of course begs the question: What was the bet?
Best of luck to Dabović as she tries to pull her latest teammates’ bacon out of the fire. Surely by this time next year, she’ll be on a different team (WNBA, anyone…?) and we won’t recognize her with a jersey on. I mean, a different jersey.