The story of Nikola Jokic, Serbia's media-shy NBA MVP

Nikola Jokic #15 of the Denver Nuggets leaves the court after their double overtime win over the Portland Trail Blazers during Game Five of their Western Conference first-round playoff series at Ball Arena on June 1, 2021 in Denver, Colorado.

Photo credit: Matthew Stockman | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Jokic himself has admitted he could not hold the abdominal plank position for more than 20 seconds when he first came to the NBA, but was drilled by trainers into shedding some pounds, while still maintaining a bulkier physique.
  • According to his father, basketball was love at first sight.

Belgrade, Serbia

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