On that warm June night, Nikola Jokic didn’t even turn on the computer. When Commissioner Adam Silver read his name in the 2014 NBA Draft, 19-year-old Jokic slept at his home in Belgrade, 7000 Kilometer From the Barclays Arena in Brooklyn, where the ceremony was held. He sent his brother Nemanja to New York as a substitute. The vibrating phone awakened him from his sleep. -You were selected as No. 41, and the Denver Nuggets selected you! His manager Misco Raznatović was very excited. In response, he heard from the sleepy Jokic:-Okay. that’s good. Then Nikolai fell asleep again.
Seven years later, Nikola Jokic, known as too fat, too slow, unable to jump, and unfit for the league, won the MVP statuette of the NBA’s best basketball player.
No one in NBA history has been selected with such a low number of drafts to win this award. Jokic is the third European to win the MVP and the first Nugget player to win the Little Goldman Award. It is also the first center since the league awarded Shaquille O’Neal in 2000.
Among the 100 journalists who chose MVP, 90 chose Jokic as their number one ranking. Stephen Curry, the second basketball player with the most “one”, has five.
Before the second playoff against the Phoenix Suns, he found himself receiving the statuette at the hotel. Adam Silver got in touch with him during a video conference. -Honestly, priest. game In the NBA, I didn’t even think about it. When I started playing basketball, my goal was to enter the European League, which was the closest game to my home. Only when the Nuggets chose me in the draft did they have a chance to enter the league, Jokic told reporters. In his unique style-his face is slightly indifferent and his tone is monotonous.
A moment later, the Nuggets coach Mike Malone accepted a media interview. He was wearing a T-shirt with Jokic’s cartoon image, surrounded by criticisms of his game: “weak attitude”, “poor defense”, “too slow”, “too thin”, “too fat”, “simulation” Maker”, “Low Draft Number”. After the meeting, he turned his back to the camera. There is also Jokic’s image of a clown (this is a pseudonym for a basketball player). There, it was not a nasty comment, but a huge inscription “MVP” and signed it: “The joke is you.”
Trainer Nuggets Mike Malone blessing. Screen z NBA
In 2014, almost no one believed in Serbian teenagers. When he first flew to the United States to participate in the Portland Basketball Summit at the age of 18, it was a tournament for the most talented young players in the world, and the managers were crazy. Not happy.
-All the most important people in the NBA at the time were in Portland. Many people ask: What is this guy doing? He is too slow, he lacks athletic ability and cannot be forgotten. They didn’t see how unique he was-a general manager recalled anonymously in “The Athletic”.
As a teenager, Jokic didn’t look like a future NBA player. To this day, a photo of a teenager Nicholas is still circulating on the Internet-stooping, to put it mildly, plump.
During his six years of playing for the NBA, Jokic threw all modifications to this photo and emoji into the historical trash can. Although not complete-fans pay tribute to the “Joker” because the NBA logo replaced Jerry West, pasting the silhouette of Jokic in the famous photo many years ago.
Those who believe him are the Nuggets, namely Rafael Uch, a Polish scout who recently worked for the Colorado club, and the youngest employee in the entire NBA history to hold this position.
This is the first time Jokic saw his performance before he started working for the Nuggets. He was still a teenager at the time and was looking for his place in the basketball world. He drew attention to Jokic in 2013. During the Under-19 World Cup, Serbia’s opponent was the United States. Jokic competed with Aaron Gordon-today is a friend of the Nuggets. -He doesn’t look like someone who would come to this place-Reminisce about Juć in “The Athletic”. “Of course, I noticed that he is a player with professional prospects, but I did not expect that in 12 months we would talk about him as a potential NBA player.” I didn’t know much about him at the time, but I noticed one Thing-how much progress he has made. After the game.
The Nuggets, a club from a small market-as the Americans call a “small market”-have long been eager to contact European players. Unable to encourage the big NBA stars to move, they invited talented European players to their positions.Just like that, Colorado is here, waitin. Jusuf Dive or the sensational Facundo Campazzo. In 2014, former Serbian Mega Vizura player Nikola Jokić was drafted 41st. -It doesn’t matter whether you are from Kaunas or Kansas. If you are a good basketball player, this is very important-Juć repeated that after winning the MVP statue, he himself received the same amount of congratulations.