Djokovic praises Jokic in MVP win
From one Serbian star to another, Novak Djokovic praises Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic for being named as the 2020-21 MVP in the NBA. The world no. 1 has a lot of respect for his fellow Serbian and wishes Jokic good luck in his coming games for the Nuggets.
Jokic is Denver’s lead star and has carried most of the scoring load for the team this year as his co-star Jamal Murray is out with an injury. The Serbian centre has led his team deep into the NBA Playoffs and is battling the West’s no. 1 seed Phoenix Suns in the second round.
The Serbian is the first centre in the NBA to win the MVP award since former Los Angeles Lakers star Shaquille O’Neal. That is a touch of history for Jokic, likely the same feat Djokovic hopes to come up with.
Prior to his game with Rafael Nadal last June 11, Djokovic was just preparing for his big match, and he wore a Nuggets jersey with Jokic’s number on it. That act was in respect for his fellow Serbian who just took home the MVP award for this season.
‘MVP! MVP! This is for my friend Nikola Jokic, the Joker’, Djokovic said. ‘Congratulations for your MVP, well deserved. Sending you big regards from Paris, Roland Garros. I’m carrying you today with me in practice and hopefully bringing you luck in the playoffs. All the best, my friend!’.
The tennis star has long given support to his fellow Serbians who play in other sports. The 18-time Grand Slam winner loves basketball as well, and he shot down a number of hoops during down time at both the Serbia Open and Belgrade Open earlier this season.
This kind of support is rare among other nations, and this is what Djokovic is all about over the years as well. The star is known for giving out the best in his games and still has the same respect he had for his rivals, most notably with Nadal and Roger Federer.
Like Jokic, Djokovic is also a winner, and he has a lot of work to do to stay at the top spot of the ATP Rankings to close out this year with a bang.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores