Nikola Jokic, teach us to live
Horses, Serbia, barbecue, beer. And then the NBA.
This is not just the story of a bored Serbian teenager who is not yet sixteen and is significantly overweight, on February 7, 2011 at 3:51 p.m he wrote on Facebook “Anyone want to play basketball?“, without getting any answers. Nikola Jokic from Sombor, a town of 40,000 people near the Hungarian border that was heavily bombed by NATO in 1999, is much more than a successful outsider. Strahinja and Nemanja, the older brothers aged 13 and 11, remember these tragic moments much better than their brother. Maybe something has sunk in because they enjoy bullying Nikola. But it doesn’t seem to be a drama.
Unlike the general climate in Serbia in the early 2000s, he does not seem to have any burdens on his soul. he is gentle, relaxed, lazy. «My father always tells me that I am very calm, unlike my brothers. To piss me off, you have to do something really bad to me». He’s definitely got a few extra pounds and there’s no sign that he can have a say with the ball in his hands. As he followed his brothers onto the court, he developed a passion for basketball, but he has another, much stronger passion: that of basketball Horses. He would like to become a jockey, but when his father notices that the boy can now run two meters, he answers like this:
“Become a basketball player first, then you’ll have enough time to become a jockey.”