Nikola Jokic is an NBA champion for the primary time in his profession, delivering one of many nice playoff runs in NBA historical past on his strategy to a Finals MVP and Denver’s first ever NBA championship.
Nevertheless, after the sport the celebration from Jokic was pretty muted. He was clearly completely happy about successful the title, nevertheless it appeared as a lot a reduction that the season was over as a lot because it was jubilation to be a champion. In his walk-off interview, he responded to Lisa Salters‘ query about the way it feels to be a champion “the job is done, we can go home now.”
He was apparently not joking about his plans to instantly head again to Serbia, the place he spends his offseasons together with his horses, family, and mates (I consider in that order). In his postgame interview on the podium, Jokic was knowledgeable that the Nuggets championship parade just isn’t till Thursday and he appeared like a person who simply discovered he has to alter some non-refundable journey plans — “No, I’ve to go house.”
That is the face of a person who spent his complete weekend telling himself Monday was his final day of labor for the entire summer season if he obtained the job carried out, solely to be taught after taking enterprise that he can’t depart till Friday. The explanation? You guessed it, his horse is racing on Sunday.
Including to Jokic’s powerful evening of revelations on the podium was him making an attempt to see if Novak Djokovic textual content him to congratulate him, solely to see his cellphone blowing up and tossing it apart in disgust.
Jokic checks his cellphone to see if Novak Djokovic texted him, scrolls for a couple of second
« ah f*ck »
« What number of texts do you will have »
Jokic: « quite a bit, I’ll flip off the cellphone » pic.twitter.com/Ic4AaDnNtw
— CJ Fogler account might or will not be notable (@cjzero) June 13, 2023
Jokic’s postgame celebration wasn’t all trying gloomy at the truth that he nonetheless has to work or reply to a bunch of texts, as he did sort out Jamal Murray into the pool within the coaching room, trying very completely happy about all of it.