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Nikola Jokic

Funny video of Nikola Jokic, Boban Marjanovic partying goes viral

Nikola Jokic in a nuggets sweater

Apr 28, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) before the game against the New Orleans Pelicans at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Nikola Jokic and Boban Marjanovic are teaming up for the “Project X” film that you never knew you needed.

A tremendous video of the two Serbian NBA stars partying it up at the club went viral this week. Jokic was spotted in a fedora-like hat sipping out of his wine glass with a straw and singing along to the music. Marjanovic did him one better, going for the black collared shirt with multiple buttons undone as he also got his groove on to the music just feet away. Take a look:

TMZ reports that the festivities took place at Lafayette Cuisine Cabaret Club in Belgrade, Serbia as part of the 30th birthday party of Bogdan Bogdanovic, another fellow NBA Serb. Ex-NBA players Milos Teodosic and Pero Antic were also reportedly in attendance.

The reigning two-time MVP Jokic, who stands 6-foot-11, and the universal fan favorite Marjanovic, who is 7-foot-4, had to be a couple of the biggest guys to ever set foot in that venue. The security for the event was probably already taken care of as well.

Nikola Jokic lands massive NBA record contract

Nikola Jokic in a nuggets sweater

Apr 28, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) before the game against the New Orleans Pelicans at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Nikola Jokic is getting paid in a big way.

The two-time reigning NBA MVP agreed to a five-year, $264 million supermax contract extension. He also has a player option for a sixth year at $60 million.

Jokic’s contract works out to an average of $52.8 million per season. That’s massive money for the Denver Nuggets star.

Jokic was drafted in the second round (No. 41 overall) by the Nuggets in 2014. He was 20 when he made his NBA debut and he started to develop well in his second and third years in the league. He has made four straight All-Star teams and has taken his scoring to the next level in recent years.

In the most recent season, Jokic averaged 27.1 points, 13.8 rebounds, 7.9 assists, 1.5 steals and 0.9 blocks per game. All figures except the assists were career-high marks for the 27-year-old.

The Nuggets should be in better shape for next season when Jamal Murray returns from his torn ACL.

Nikola Jokic reveals interesting plans for his post-basketball career

Nikola Jokic in a nuggets sweater

Apr 28, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) before the game against the New Orleans Pelicans at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic is a true Renaissance man and proved that once again this week.

Jokic spoke this week with European news outlet Expressen and revealed the unique plans he has for his post-basketball career. He said that he hopes to train horses (specifically at harness racing) in his native Serbia some day.

“My dream is to move back to Serbia and become a trotting coach after my basketball career,” said Jokic, according to a rough translation.

Jokic was speaking at Elitloppet, a prestigious annual harness racing event in Stockholm, Sweden.

This is definitely on-brand for the back-to-back NBA MVP winner Jokic. He received his MVP trophy this year at a horse stable in his hometown of Sombor, Serbia, making for a funny viral video.

The 27-year-old Jokic should also have plenty of funds to make his horse training dream become a reality. He is expected to sign a truly gargantuan contract with the Nuggets in the coming months.

Nikola Jokic preparing to sign massive deal

Nikola Jokic in a nuggets sweater

Apr 28, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) before the game against the New Orleans Pelicans at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Nuggets may be in the midst of a front office overhaul, but that hasn’t swayed two-time NBA MVP Nikola Jokic.

Although the man who drafted him, Tim Connelly, is headed to Minnesota, Jokic remains committed to the Nuggets. And the 27-year-old intends to show that by signing a five-year, $260 million supermax extension when it’s offered.

That offer is expected to come in July and then kick in following the 2022-2023 season. For now, Jokic will play out the remaining one year and $32 million on his current contract.

Jokic had previously made it clear that he intended to remain with Denver, but this latest news solidifies it.

“I would like it, of course, but it’s not something that I’m deciding,” Jokic said last month, via NBC Sports. “I think of course if it’s offered — if (the) offer is on the table — of course I’m going to accept it because I really like the organization and really like the people who work here.

“I’m (have a) really good relationship with people who work here, and a good relationship with everybody from the owner to, let’s say, the equipment manager. I think we have something that we’re building. It actually feels really good.”

Once Jokic signs his extension, Denver’s brand new front office will turn their attention to building a more competitive team around him.

Nikola Jokic finally responds to infamous Taco Bell commercial

Nikola Jokic in a nuggets sweater

Apr 28, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) before the game against the New Orleans Pelicans at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

With two straight NBA MVP awards now under his belt, Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic knows what it is like to “live más.” Now Jokic is finally addressing his hilarious forever connection to Taco Bell.

The All-NBA big man came from very humble beginnings … so humble that when he was drafted by Denver in the second round in 2014, ESPN was airing a Taco Bell commercial instead of covering Jokic.

On Thursday, Jokic finally responded to that infamous moment from eight years ago.

“Hopefully I’m gonna have some percentage from the Taco Bell,” said Jokic, per Mike Singer of the Denver Post.

These days, Taco Bell would probably be falling over themselves for the opportunity to partner with Jokic, who has since blossomed into one of basketball’s very best players. It would not be the first time that the restaurant chain has made its way into the NBA world either.

Nikola Jokic got his MVP award in very unique presentation

Nikola Jokic MVP interview

Nikola Jokic can certainly lay claim to an MVP presentation unlike any other.

The Denver Nuggets center won the award for a second consecutive season, beating out Joel Embiid and Giannis Antetokounmpo for the honors. With the Nuggets out of the playoffs, however, the presentation of the award had to happen at home, and Jokic is already back in his native Serbia following the end of the season.

That did not deter the Nuggets. Team brass flew all the way to Jokic’s hometown of Sombor to surprise Jokic at his horse stable, presenting him with the award.

Jokic even did his MVP award interview from the stable in what is certainly one of the more unlikely settings to discuss an NBA MVP win.

At least Shaq didn’t try to talk to him in Serbian this time.

Jokic averaged 27.1 points, 13.8 rebounds, and 7.9 assists per game for the season. While he’d rather be playing playoff basketball, he seems pretty comfortable among the horses, too.

Nikola Jokic’s brothers go after Markieff Morris on Twitter again

Nikola Jokic in a nuggets sweater

Apr 28, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) before the game against the New Orleans Pelicans at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Strahinja and Nemanja Jokic decided to celebrate their brother Nikola’s second straight NBA MVP win this week by [checks notes] resurrecting a six-month-old feud with Miami Heat forward Markieff Morris.

The Denver Nuggets star Nikola was reported on Monday to have won MVP for the 2021-22 campaign, his second consecutive time winning the award. Brothers Strahinja and Nemanja responded by firing several tweets off at Morris, whom Nikola had previously feuded with. Strahinja and Nemanja mentioned Morris in no less than 13 tweets, calling Morris the worst NBA player ever, saying that he would never win MVP, and dissing the ring he won in 2020 with the Los Angeles Lakers as a “fake Mickey Mouse ring.”

Take a look at some of the tweets.

You can see the full tweetstorm on the @JokicBrothers page here.

Morris does not appear to have said anything new with regard to his violent November incident with Nikola (video here), so it looks like Strahinja and Nemanja were just being petty here. Of course, Morris’ team is still in the playoffs while Nikola has been sitting on his couch these last couple of weeks, so perhaps that is Morris’ best comeback here.

It goes without saying however that Strahinja and Nemanja have a highly entertaining Twitter page. After all, they created it specifically to issue a threat over the Morris-Nikola incident.

(Update, 8-31-2022): A representative from Excel Sports Management, the agency that represents Nikola Jokic, has contacted Larry Brown Sports to inform that the @JokicBrothers Twitter page is a fake account. Though @JokicBrothers was the original handle of the account that Strahinja and Nemanja Jokic created in Nov. 2021 after the Morris incident (as confirmed by a Denver Nuggets reporter), the page no longer belongs to the brothers, per Excel.

NBA record for biggest contract ever could be broken this offseason?

Adam Silver speaking

Feb 15, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a press conference during NBA All Star Saturday Night at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

One NBA star could be lying down on a pile of money like Huell from “Breaking Bad” this offseason.

Sam Amick of The Athletic reported this week that the Denver Nuggets are expected to offer reigning MVP center Nikola Jokic a five-year supermax extension this summer worth a combined $254 million. That deal, which Jokic is likely to accept, would give him the biggest contract in NBA history.

“I would like it, of course, but it’s not something that I’m deciding,” Jokic was quoted as saying about the supermax. “I think of course if it’s offered, if [the] offer is on the table, of course I’m going to accept it because I really like the organization and really like the people who work here.”

The record for the largest total contract in NBA history is currently held by Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers, whose supermax extension in 2019 gave him a six-year deal worth $257 million. Giannis Antetokounmpo currently holds the record for the largest contract extension, signing a five-year $228 million supermax with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2020.

While Lillard’s would still be the biggest by overall value, Jokic’s supermax would dwarf both Lillard’s and Antetokounmpo’s by average annual value, paying the Serbian nearly $51 million per year. There is little doubt too that Jokic is worthy of such a mammoth contract with his all-around skillset, a second straight MVP award likely incoming, and his hilarious marketability, all at just 27 years old.

Draymond Green had cool postgame message for Nikola Jokic

Draymond Green smiling

Feb 20, 2020; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) stands on the court before the game against the Houston Rockets at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Draymond Green is not always BFFs with opposing bigs (see: Gobert, Rudy). But there’s clearly a mutual respect shared between Green and Nikola Jokic.

After the Golden State Warriors eliminated the Denver Nuggets this week in their first-round playoff series, Green revealed what he told Jokic during their postgame embrace.

“I told him thank you for making me better,” said Green, per Shayna Rubin of The Mercury News. “It’s an honor and pleasure to play [against] someone so skilled. Usually when you have guys that talented and skilled they’re soft. And he’s far, far from soft.”

Green was often matched up against the reigning MVP Jokic as the Warriors regularly went small and gave Green the tough task of containing the seven-footer. Though Jokic still averaged a grandiose 31.0 points, 13.2 rebounds, and 5.8 assists per game in the series, the Warriors were able to close out the Nuggets in five games.

The Green-Jokic matchup really gave us our money’s worth as it produced that wholesome moment plus this funny viral moment from the TNT crew.

Video shows Nikola Jokic perfectly predicted Warriors’ lob play

Nikola Jokic points for a lob

Nikola Jokic knew exactly what was coming in an impressive moment on Sunday.

Jokic’s Denver Nuggets beat the Golden State Warriors 126-121 on Sunday to avoid the sweep in their Western Conference first-round playoff series.

Late in the game, the Warriors subbed out big man Kevon Looney for Otto Porter Jr. The Nuggets responded by sending in Jeff Green for Jokic.

Though he was on the sideline, Jokic still made a big contribution.

The reigning NBA MVP was seen telling his teammates to watch for the lob. Sure enough, that’s exactly what Golden State ran. Denver saw the lob coming and was able to steal the pass away for a turnover.

The Nuggets then called timeout and got Jokic back onto the floor. He assisted on a 3-pointer by Will Barton to account for the final points of the game.

Jokic is a student of the game. On Sunday, his studies of the Warriors paid off.