Basketball – NBA: Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets) is awarded the MVP trophy … in a stable in Serbia
Forget the solemn ceremonies, the three-piece suits and the endless speeches in front of a lectern: the trophy presentation to which Nikola Jokic was entitled was unlike any other. Sacred MVP of the regular season for the second year in a row (27.1 points per game on average), the Denver Nuggets player has indeed received this coveted individual distinction in Serbia, in his hometown of Sombor, while he was returning to his stable after a horseback ride.
And according to the images posted by the Colorado franchise on Twitter, the « Joker » was obviously not expecting it. Surprised by the presence of his relatives, as well as that of Mike Malone and Tim Connelly (coach and general manager of the Nuggets), the 2.11m giant seemed very moved, even on the verge of tears. « When I came back to the stable, I saw my godfather’s car, I wondered why, and actually everyone was there. I saw them all with the t-shirt. It was a very moving moment for me »admitted the now double MVP in an interview with TNT.
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« No one has ever been here. It was incredible, things that only happen once in a lifetime », he continued, saying he was not obsessed with this award and the status it gives him. « But no doubt when I’m old and fat, I’ll tell my children that at one time I was pretty good at basketball. »had fun Jokic, who was elected with 875 points, ahead of Joel Embiid (706) and Giannis Antetokounmpo (595).
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