NBA 2023: Nikola Jokic’s champagne shower celebration, understated response after Denver Nuggets win title

Nikola Jokic was very excited about winning his first NBA championship, but you may not have known about it judging by his post-game antics.

The Denver Nuggets defeated the Miami Heat 94–89 to advance to the NBA Finals 4–1 and secure their first championship in 47 years of franchise history.

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The championship filled the final gap in Denver star center Jokic’s impressive resume — a two-time NBA MVP and a five-time All-Star in his eighth NBA campaign.

Jokic, a dedicated first-passer on the court, shows little emotion, and his reaction to Denver’s championship win was understated to say the least.

While his Denver teammates Jamal Murray and Aaron Gordon were in tears throughout the day, the 28-year-old was as resilient as ever.

When asked by ESPN correspondent Lisa Salters what it’s like to be an NBA champion, Jokic barely smiled and replied: “It’s good, it’s good. The job is done, now we can go home.

Salters could only laugh in response.

It has now become a tradition for the winning team to celebrate their championship title by splashing a bottle of champagne while wearing their ski goggles.

Basketball fans were shocked as they watched Jokic’s blank attempt to spray sparkling – he took a sip and shook the bottle lightly for two seconds, but looked suitably underwhelmed.

But Jokic was clearly proud of the Nuggets as a team and looked very happy as he celebrated with his young daughter receiving the Bill Russell Trophy as Finals MVP.

The Serbian big man really kicked as he pushed Murray into the recovery pool and jumped in with his star teammate.

Jokic showed his funny side by interrupting the post-game press conference to pour beer on the head of Kentavius ​​Caldwell-Pope, who got his second ring after winning in 2020 with the Los Angeles Lakers.

There were joyful scenes when the two Jokic brothers lifted Nuggets coach Michael Malone into the air after the victory.

“I have news for everyone here. We’re not satisfied with one,” Malone said afterwards. “We want more.”

According to ESPN, Jokic became the first player in NBA history to lead all players in points, rebounds and assists in a single postseason. He is also the first player selected outside the top 15 to win both Finals MVP and Regular Season MVP. Two days after compatriot Novak Djokovic won the French Open and captured a record 23rd Grand Slam tennis crown, Jokic was named NBA Finals MVP.

“The team did a great job,” said Jokic.

“It was a terrible game. We couldn’t shoot. But in the end we figured out how to defend and got 90 points. That’s why we won. I’m just happy that we won the game.

“We win for the guys next to us. That’s why it means so much.”

Jack White from Australia was on the Denver bench and became the seventh Australian to win an NBA championship.

Originally published as ‘Jolly’ celebration of Nikola Jokic leaves NBA at seams after Denver title win