In a world full of people (and especially professional athletes) who have an outsized sense of self-importance, words cannot begin to describe how refreshing it is to have arguably the best player in the NBA right now put his own stellar play, basketball, and professional sports in general in the proper context.
Denver Nuggets superstar and two-time NBA league MVP Nikola Jokic has always been a different breed of “celebrity.”
Unlike some NBA players who seem to think that their ability to dribble a basketball makes them experts on complex socioeconomic issues, Jokic has a dry, almost unenthused approach to the sport.
That dry humor was on perfect display when Jokic spoke to the media ahead of the NBA Finals, which begin on June 1.
But take note of the message buttressing Jokic’s response — behind the laughter, there’s a genuinely good message that is being promoted:
“Nah, this cannot help you.”
Jokic with a straightforward answer to whether becoming a father comes with skills that translate to basketball
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“How have you grown, and what have you learned from being a dad?” a reporter asked Jokic. “And have you noticed any of those skills translating to being a better basketball player?”
Whereas most NBA stars may have given some empty platitude about learning a greater sense of responsibility or learning how to better function on less sleep, Jokic didn’t mince his words.
“Nah,” Jokic said matter-of-factly. “That cannot help you.”
Jokic, appropriately nicknamed “The Joker,” let the reporters laugh for a second before elaborating.
“I knew that even before that is basketball is not [the] main thing in my life,” Jokic explained. “And probably never going to be. Because, to be honest I like it, [but] I have something at home that is more important than basketball.”
The Nuggets center explained that that’s probably the main takeaway from his relatively new fatherhood.
“I knew that [family is more important than basketball], but this is going to prove me that I’m correct,” Jokic said.
The Nuggets star became a father in September 2021, and his young daughter became an instant internet hit after a viral moment with her father during the Nuggets’ second round playoff series against the Phoenix Suns.
Nikola Jokic and his daughter shared a moment after Game 2, pointing to their ring finger
Source: The Gateway Pundit