The underdog in the NBA emotionally accepts the best player in the Serbian stable

The 41st pick in the 2014 draft, Nikola Jokic came to the Denver Nuggets as a total unknown. He wasn’t sure what his new home would be, fans had never heard of it and the team had no idea what they had just crafted.

On Wednesday, Jokic was not coming to the National Basketball Association. The NBA went to Jokic’s Sombor, Serbia to award the Nuggets Center Player of the Year 2021-22 award.

Jokic was officially announced on NBA TV on TNT ahead of match day. The network showed a clip of Joker receiving praise from Copper Nuggets who made the voyage across the ocean, and then did Ernie Johnson gives an interview while sitting With the best player twice now.

Jokic was at the stables in his home city, when he went off the track to find friends and family singing to him, including coach Michael Malone who kissed the best player, and head coach Josh Kroenke who hugged him and said how proud he was of him. .

“It’s amazing,” said Jokic, “that I was training with the horses, I was doing a brisk walk in the afternoon instead of the morning, and I was wondering why, thinking he had gone hunting.” “I went back to the stable, and everyone was here. Actually, I saw my Godfather’s car on the track and thought, What is he doing here?”

Denver is 5,589 miles from Sombor.

“I saw everyone in the shirts, and then I saw everyone,” Jokic recounted. “It was a really emotional, really emotional moment for me. Nobody has come here before. It’s really amazing that everyone comes here; it’s once in a lifetime.”

Jokic had 27.1 points, 13.8 rebounds, 7.9 assists, 1.5 steals and 0.9 blocks per game last season. He is now the first two-time MVP in Denver sports history, and has become a legend and icon in the process.

“I think that’s cool. Right now, I didn’t think about that,” Jokic said. “But when I’m old, fat and grumpy, I hope to remember and tell my kids that day, I was really good at playing basketball. Just being with these guys who made history means a lot. A kind of legacy.

Jokic is a passionate horse rider, who trains animals on a chariot, and he loves horses in general. He did the MVP interview from the stable in Serbia.

“If it’s not me, who is it? I come from this city, from this stable, basically. I now play basketball in the best league in the world and play at a high level. Just to be in the NBA is historic.”

The Joker was breaking his sense of humor the whole time, with a dog barking in the background.

What’s more Nikola Jokic than that?

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