Nikola Jokic – 7 impressive life stories
He’s slow, he’s got small verticall and in the same time he counts a few extra pounds than he should.
But all this does not prevent him from being the best center of the NBA at this point in time and perhaps the best passing big man of all time!
Nikola Jokic is not the super star we have used to!
He drank 3 liters of Coke per day
Until he boarded the plane bound for Denver and NBA, Nikola Jokic had an addiction:
As he claims, he went to training in the mornings and from the moment he came home he was constantly drinkning one glass after another and reached about three liters a day!
Just to realize even more how big was the damage from his unhealthy habit, all we have to do is think about think that a liter of Coke contains 19 spoons of sugar!
So Nikola Jokic was consumed about 57 spoons of sugar per day just from Coke alone!
However, when the time came to play in the NBA, he quit immediately this harmful habit he had adopted.
Maybe because he was chosen by the team playing at the Pepsi Center!
Has achieved the fastest triple-double in the history of NBA
The record for the fastest triple-double in the history of the NBA is in the hands of Nikola Jokic, who apparently will have it for a long time to come, since he made it in 14 minutes and 33 seconds!!!
At the time he was selected in the draft, he was asleep
In the 2014 NBA Draft Nikola Jokic may have registered, but even himself had very low expectations of whether he is going to be chosen.
So he didn’t even bother, not go to the United States and attend the event, but he didn’t even tried to be awake in order to learn the results on time.
After all, it was 5 a.m. in Serbia at the time of the Draft .
So Nikola Jokic slept quietly while on the other side of the Atlantic he was chosen by the Nuggets at 41th pick.
But his brother, who lived in the United States and watched the draft live, called him up and announced it.
Jokic nevertheless spoke to his brother and went on to sleep without completely realizing it at the time.
The moment he actually realized it, was the next morning when he saw countless calls on his cell phone!
Been discovered because of a newspaper article
The man who discovered him and took his talent into the light is Serbian Miško Ražnatović, the owner of an Adriatic League professional team called Mega Basket.
Miško used to read sports news in the paper, and that’s when he noticed that a athlete playing in the local championships in northern Serbia had 25 points and 20 rebounds in a game.
The following Sunday he read again the same column and noticed similar performance by the same player.
So he asked one of his best scouts on the team to find out who this Nikola Jokic guy was.
To his surprise, however, the scout did not know him because of Nikola Jokic was overwight and he was not even among the top 100 players of his age in Serbia!
From that moment on, Miško Ražnatović stalked Jokic to see if he is good because he is simply more athletic than his opponents or because he was a real talent.
When he finally realized that Nikola Jokic not only was not the most athletic but the least athletic, he sent his town a scouter and told him not to come back if Jokic doesn’t sign with his team!
So finally, the 15-year-old Nikola Jokic signed a contract with Mega and within a few months he became one of the best players on the team.
Nikola Jokic almost signed in Barcelona
The owner of Mega BC, Miško Ražnatović, revealed that he had reached an agreement with Barcelona’s team to hand over Nikola Jockic.
However, the deal ended up being broken because in the last game he played for Mega didn’t play well, something that convinced Barcelona’s owner to back off at the last minute!
So Barcelona lost through her hands, because of her own tragic mistake, the best big man in the NBA!
As for Nikola Jokic, things finally went very well, 10 days after his signature fiasco in Barcelona was chosen by the Denver Nuggets.
Certainly if this transcription had taken place, the contemporary history of the Euroleague would have been different.
He’s in relationship with his girlfriend since he was 16
This event can only be remarkable, as it denotes exactly the character of Nikola Jokic.
The couple have been together since the age of 16, and when he went across the Atlantic his girlfriend followed him and they’ve been living together in Denver ever since.
His girlfriend has even obtained a degree in psychology from the Metropolitan State University, which is located next to the Pepsi Center, the Nuggets playing field.
His relationship with his brothers
Nikola Joktis doesn’t just live with his girlfriend in Denver.
He also lives with his two older brothers.
His two older brothers are one of his greatest fans, and they actually see almost all of his games in from the court.
They usually sit a little behind the bench and it’s not hard to identify them, since one is 2 meters tall and the other is 2.04.