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“I Need to Go Home”: Nikola Jokic’s Hilarious Response to Learning Date of Nuggets Title Parade
- Nikola Jokic wants to attend a horse race in Serbia on Sunday, but the Denver Nuggets' championship parade is messing with his plans
- Jokic and the Nuggets secured their first NBA title and are set to hold a championship parade later this week
- The 2023 Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP is known for his love of horses
Nikola Jokic was not too happy after learning of the date the Denver Nuggets are supposed to hold their championship parade. The Nuggets secured the 2023 NBA title after beating the Miami Heat in Game 5 94-89.
Jokic was concerned that the parade, which is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, will mess up his plans this weekend.
Although the celebrations are only getting started, Jokic feels the job is done and it's time to go home. Moreover, while his teammates were going berzerk, celebrating the title win, Jokic went to embrace every Miami Heat player.
It seemed Jokic was missing in every interesting thing happening on the court and inside the locker room. Maybe he is right; they need to go home because of the work they all put in. The Serbian was outstanding throughout the 2023 playoffs. His superb finals performances earned him the Finals MVP.
The two-time MVP is known for his love of horses. He spends much of his off-season tending to his horses at his stable in Serbia, where he accepted his 2021/22 NBA MVP award, per Sportsnet.
Jokic wants to go home
In his on-court, post-game interview, he said that the job is done.
"The job is done, we can go home now."
The NBA Finals MVP found out he could miss the horse race in Serbia this weekend because of the championship parade, per SI.
"No. I need to go home," he said.
He added that he will borrow the plane of Nuggets vice chairman, Josh Kroenke.
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"I'm gonna ask Josh [Kroenke] to give me the plane," Jokic said. "I'll put him under the pressure. I don't feel bad at all."
The 28-year-old averaged 30.2 points, 14.0 rebounds, and 7.2 assists in the finals and became the first player to lead the entire NBA in points, rebounds, and assists in a single postseason.
Young Jokic wore Nuggets sweatshirt
Sports Brief earlier reported on a picture of a 5-year-old Jokic wearing a retro Nuggets sweatshirt in Serbia, which has gained attention on social media.
According to his agent, Miško Ražnatović, the chances of someone in Serbia wearing Nuggets merchandise in the early 2000s were very low.
“Chances of that same kid growing up to play basketball and achieve his career high, win two MVP titles and sign a historic agreement with the same club whose sweatshirt he wore at age five, were zero," Ražnatović said.