Nikola Jokic just shouldered the brunt of the burden that came along with the Denver Nuggets’ first-ever NBA championship. The Serbian big man put on a clinic throughout the playoffs, averaging 30 points per game on the way to winning NBA Finals MVP.
Once it was all said and done, Jokic didn’t exactly have the emotion of someone who’d helped a franchise capture its first Larry O’Brien trophy. Instead, he seemed more like me or you, ready to go home after a long day or week at the office.
He wasn’t even excited about the team’s victory parade, which he found out was three days after the Nuggets had defeated the Miami Heat in Game 5.
“I have to go home,” he told the media upon learning the parade date.
However, Jokic wound up having a fine time as he and his teammates celebrated their big achievement.
The Denver Nuggets should ‘wish’ that Nikola Jokic enjoys his summer
Though Jokic’s gripe with having to work overtime in order to capture the NBA title is all in good fun, there’s certainly a real element to it. He spends over half of the year away from home each season, even longer in the title run, and that can’t be easy.
So, The Ringer’s Danny Chau had a simple pitch for the Nuggets, as he compiled a wishlist for all 30 NBA teams — for the star center to get a relaxing recharge this summer.
Chau didn’t have to give much of an explanation after Jokic just begged to go home in mid-June. He embedded the video shown below and said that he’d seen enough.
Jokic has seemingly been able to relax in his own way this offseason. He and Aaron Gordon got to spend some time together, as the big man’s horses cleaned up shop at the local racetrack in Serbia.