‘I need to go home’: Nikola Jokic’s unexpected reaction after winning the NBA championship

Key points
  • Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic was named Most Valuable Player after the team defeated the Miami Heat on Monday.
  • After the victory, Jokic said: “The deed is done, now we can go home.”
  • It was the Nuggets’ first win in the NBA.
On Monday, the Denver Nuggets beat the Miami Heat 94-89 to bring Mile High City’s first NBA title. Serbian big man Nikola Jokic scored 28 points and was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the Finals.
With a roaring crowd filling the Ball Arena ready to celebrate, the Nuggets ended a 47-year wait for the championship by winning the best-of-seven series 4-1.
Once again, the Nuggets were led by Jokic, who posted a double-double with 28 points and 16 rebounds for a playoff-dominant record.
“Job done, now we can go home,” said Jokic, who also has two NBA MVP awards in his trophy case.
“It was an amazing team effort.
“That’s why basketball is a fun sport, it’s a living thing, you can’t say it’s going to happen, there are so many factors.
“I’m just happy we won the game.”
Jokic would rather return to Serbia and celebrate the victory in his hometown of Sombor.
But professional sports champions are celebrating in the streets with a victory parade, and in the case of the Nuggets it won’t happen until Thursday, delaying Jokic’s return to his homeland.
Asked after winning Game 5 and the final on Monday night if he was looking forward to the parade, Jokic responded with a question.
– When is the parade? he asked.

“No. I need to go home,” said Jokic, who told the media ahead of Game 5 that he was looking forward to buying another horse.

A man tries to score a goal during a basketball game.

On Monday, the Denver Nuggets defeated the Miami Heat 94–89. Source: AARP, SIPA USA / USA TODAY Sports

“No one loves their job, or maybe loves”

“I mean, we’re doing well at our job and we’ve won everything. It’s an amazing feeling. But like I said, it’s not everything in the world. I think. Okay, I won it. Okay, not me, we won it, but I think it’s still not the most important thing in the world,” said Jokic.
“There are a lot of things that I like, that I love to do. It’s probably okay. Nobody loves their job, or maybe loves it. They lie.”
Nuggets head coach Michael Malone said he appreciates that Jokic has the right view of family and basketball.
“He never changed with all his success and never will. It’s just not in his nature,” Mr. Malone said.
“I love Nicola. Eight years, love Jamal Murray, seven years. Been through a lot. Just to keep us all on track, to challenge ourselves, to get better collectively, individually.

“Yes, it’s great to be part of such a historically great player who has become even better, and I say this sincerely. This is not coaching talk. Nicola is just a great, great person.”