“Just something I’m good at” – Nikola Jokic claims basketball not his priority, ISSUES WARNING to rest of the league

How Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets to their first NBA title and why he doesn’t care about basketball.


“Just something I’m good at” – Nikola Jokic claims basketball not his priority, ISSUES WARNING to rest of the league

Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets (Via Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

Nikola Jokic is not your typical NBA superstar. He doesn’t have a chiseled physique, a flashy game, or a big ego. He doesn’t even like basketball that much. But he just led the Denver Nuggets to their first NBA title in franchise history, and earned the Finals MVP trophy along the way.

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Jokic was unstoppable in the five-game series against the Miami Heat, averaging 30.2 points, 14 rebounds and 7.2 assists. He capped off his historic performance in Game 5, scoring 28 points, grabbing 16 rebounds and dishing out four assists.

But Jokic didn’t seem to care much about his individual accolades. He was more concerned about his teammates and his horses. “Basketball is not the main thing in my life,” Jokic told ESPN’s Malika Andrews after the game. “It’s something I’m good at. I’m just happy for the team.

Jokic’s journey to the NBA summit is one of the most improbable stories in sports history. He was drafted in the second round in 2014. He was overweight and slow, and many doubted his ability to play at the highest level. The big man from Serbia proved them all wrong with his unique blend of skill, vision and IQ.

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They didn’t believe in the fat boy, but it seems like it worked out,” Jokic said. “Don’t bet against the fat boy!

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Nikola Jokic’s horses are his true passion

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Nikola Jokic with his horse (Via Twitter)

While most NBA champions would celebrate their victory with champagne, parties and parades, Jokic has a different plan. He wants to go back to his hometown of Sombor, Serbia, where he owns more than half a dozen horses and competes in horse racing on Sundays.

On Sundays, I have my horse racing,” Jokic said. “I don’t know how I’m going to arrive [in time] with Thursday the parade. Friday maybe? I’m going to ask [Nuggets owner Josh Kroenke] for a plane.

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Jokic’s unconventional personality and approach to basketball have made him a fan favorite and a role model for many young players. He has shown that you don’t need to fit into a mold or conform to expectations to succeed in the NBA. You just need to be yourself and work hard.

And while he may not care much about basketball, he still has a message for the rest of the league: he’s not done yet.

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