Nuggets center Nikola Jokic is the NBA’s Most Valuable Player. not too shabby. But if given his druthers, he would become invisible.
“I wish nobody knew me, but everybody knew me,” Jokic said during a teleconference with journalists around the world on Wednesday.
Not only is Jokic the most unlikely MVP in league history, there could be no player in the NBA who is less concerned about building his brand.
Newsflash: The Joker is not LeBron.
Italian paparazzi photographed King James shirtless aboard the favorite yacht of the rich and ostentatious, like rock star Bono, while the Lakers superstar sailed to the Isle of Capri during the off-season.
And where was Jokic? Carrying yourself out of a barn away from the public eye, up to your work shoes in blissful solitude.
Oh, Jokic is about that life, until that life is back in his homeland of Serbia, feeding his horses, which he loves more than basketball.
“I love the smell of them. The best feeling is when you feed them. The sound of their food in the stables is the best sound you can ever hear. It’s something I think just a horseman Can feel that,” said Jokic, very proud that his horses have won 15-20 races during 2021.
Maybe 20 years down the road, we’ll see Jokic in the winner’s circle at Churchill Downs. Don’t you think the Joker would look hilarious in a straw hat? But the Kentucky Derby can wait. for now …
As the Nuggets prepare to shuffle for next week’s training camp in San Diego, everyone wants to know if they’re a legitimate championship contender. The team is entering its prime with young talent, but there’s a big question mark in point guard Jamal Murray, who was rehabilitating a torn ACL on April 12.
With typical recovery times, ranging from seven to nine months, Denver is pegged to be without their second-best player for much of the regular season. Despite Murray’s prolonged absence from the lineup, teammate Marcus Howard isn’t shy about declaring: “I think we can win the NBA championship with the talent this team has.”
Jokic, however, was more cautious when I asked about his confidence fighting for the championship ring with everyone from the Lakers to the Nets.
“You never know… If everyone buys in and everyone plays right, there’s definitely a chance. Do we have enough talent? I don’t know. Are we the best team in the NBA? Me Don’t know. So we’ll see,” said Jokic, starting his seventh season in a Nuggets uniform since coming 41st overall in the 2014 draft.
“The season is going to show us everything. As for goals for the season? You know, I don’t score any goals for the season. Of course, everybody says championship, (but) that’s what they’ve been saying for the last seven years. I’m not going to say championship, it’s something in our imagination or something we want to do. Of course we want to win the championship. But there are a lot of boxes you have to check.”
Oh, by the way: Big Honey is about to be a big daddy. Jokic casually reveals that he and his wife are expecting their first child.
“Everyone I talk to says it’s the best thing I’ve ever done,” Jokic said.
No word on whether it is a boy or a girl. And has a name been chosen?
“Name? We don’t have it,” said Jokic. “Me and Natalija are fighting for it.”
Here’s betting Jokic has a better shot at being named MVP again than winning the debate over who to name his first child.
That’s why he is the Joker. He doesn’t crave the spotlight. He only wants to please everyone around him.
How can you not love this dude?