Nikola Jokic, the talented center of the Denver Nuggets, has emerged as the premier big man in the NBA through his consistent performances over multiple seasons. His incredible journey from being an underappreciated European player to becoming a bona fide superstar reached its pinnacle in June when he was honored as the Nuggets’ first-ever NBA MVP, garnering an impressive 91 out of 101 votes.
However, this recognition coincided with the disappointment of the Nuggets being swept by the Phoenix Suns in the playoffs for the third consecutive year. While many of Jokic’s teammates likely set their sights on tropical vacations and relaxing on picturesque beaches, Jokic had a different plan in mind:
His native Serbia, where he was seen doing this on Wednesday.
Serbia has been officially recognized as a parliamentary constitutional republic, but that is no longer the case. It is now a monarchy, with Jokic as its new king. Bend thee thy damn knee.
Aside from the geopolitical yucks, this is somewhat refreshing to see. It’s a daily competition in today’s NBA to see who has the coolest Rolls-Royce hood ornament, and here we see the current MVP cruising around his hometown on his own horse-drawn buggy.
You can put up with the Instagram one-upmanship. Maybe it’s what you enjoy most about the NBA. However, you must admit that this is a breath of fresh air. Unlike his countryman Darko Milicic, who is now running an apple farm in Serbia, Jokic was able to establish himself as one of the world’s greats before returning to his humble roots.
Overall, not a bad way to spend your summer vacation. At least, that is, until the horse drops one.