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Family man Nikola Jokic set to clock out of NBA job, delayed by title parade


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Family man Nikola Jokic set to clock out of NBA job, delayed by title parade

FAMILY MAN. Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) celebrates with his daughter after winning the 2023 NBA Championship against the Miami Heat at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

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New NBA champion Nikola Jokic, who in his down time is just a family man tending to horses in Serbia, is set to delay his return home due to the Denver Nuggets' title parade

NBA Finals MVP Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets finished the job, and his preference would be to return to Serbia and celebrate in his hometown of Sombor.

But professional sports champions celebrate in the streets with a victory parade and, in the case of the Nuggets, that won’t happen until Thursday (Friday, June 16, Manila time), delaying Jokic’s return to his home country.

Asked after a Game 5 and Finals victory on Monday night (Tuesday, June 13, Manila time) if he was looking forward to the parade, Jokic replied with a question.

“When is [the] parade?” Jokic asked.

The answer: Thursday.

“No, I need to go home,” said Jokic, who told media before Game 5 he was most looking forward buying another horse.

“I mean, we succeed in our jobs, and we won the whole thing. It’s an amazing feeling. But like I said before, it’s not everything in the world. I think. OK, I won it. OK, not I, we won it. But I think it’s not the most important thing in the world still,” he continued.

“There is a bunch of things that I like, that I like to do. Probably that’s a normal thing. Nobody likes his job, or maybe they do. They’re lying.”

Nuggets head coach Michael Malone said he appreciates that Jokic puts family and basketball in proper perspective.

“He’s never changed with all the success, and he never will. It’s just not in his nature,” Malone said. “I love Nikola. Eight years, love Jamal Murray, seven years. Been through a lot. Just for all of us to stay the course, to challenge ourselves, to all get better collectively, individually.”

“It’s great to be a part of such a historically great player who’s an even better person, and I mean that sincerely. This is not coach-talk. Nikola is just a great, great man.” –

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