Keep the bump away, Nicola. The unconventional drumbeats who ran the most improbable MVP in NBA history last season will soon be subject to diaper changes and baby rattlers.
The Joker and his wife Nataliza are expecting. Refusing to reveal the gender of Baby Joker, Jokic gave little details on a conference call on Wednesday. The all-reigning MVP offer was still an ongoing debate between mom and dad over the baby’s name.
When asked about the off-season highlights, the Nuggets franchise superstar was coming to terms with the news.
“The (offseason) was short,” he quipped. “Maybe the highlight is that we are having a baby. This is probably the highlight of my life[of]my life. Plus, it was really short. The other cool thing is that my horses turned 15 this year.” Won -20 races. They’re doing a good job.”
No question, Joker’s priorities remain intact. The humble superstar who couldn’t wait to step out of the MVP spotlight last season is back in Denver for a few weeks, and will soon have another mouth.
“Everyone I talk to says it’s the best thing I’ve ever done,” Jokic said.
The couple’s pregnancy brought them back to Denver earlier than other seasons, meaning Jokic’s off-season work continued here over the past few weeks, unlike Serbia. Since coming back, Jokic has been a mainstay in the weight room, dominating conditioning trips and team pick-up games for the Red Rocks.
“Nicola was playing with us, and he’s just on another level,” the Nuggets continued to Vlatko Cancar. “He shouldn’t play with us. It was just unfair.”
Unlike last season, when Jokic’s stubborn streak got the best of him and he refused to rest during his MVP campaign, the 26-year-old is already taking a more prudent approach to his health this season. He stressed how much he trusts the team’s medical staff, suggesting he will follow their guidance amid the grind of a new season.
“I think (resting) is a smart thing to do, especially, you see last year how many players have been injured,” Jokic said.
That sage – father, perhaps? With the start of a new season almost here, the approach sheds light on Jokic’s mindset. Yet when asked about his attitude, the Joker was as fearless as the Riddler.
“I don’t want to tell you, brother, where’s my head,” said Jokic before becoming an amusing philosopher. “One step below the sky and one step above the ground, you are good. Something like that. …brother between life and death.”
If the Joker is dutifully guarding his mental state, like the gender of his child, we’re only left with his peers to tell him where his head is.
And a nugget, the clown is still hungry.
Rookie Bones Hyland was incredulous seeing Jokic’s calm work ethic, becoming the first to suggest that he was gunning for MVP for the second time in a row.
“You’d never know he won the MVP,” Hyland said.
PJ Dossier, who first saw how Jokic attacked last season, emphasized that nothing has changed with the generation of talent.
“Man, MVP hasn’t missed a beat,” Dossier said. “…shout out to him for continuing that mindset, MVP mentality. We won’t continue to talk about it much because we already know where his mindset is.”