The joker is a card_ an interview with denver nuggets center nikola jokic – part 1 – denver stiffs hope you have a great day quotes

Since Nikola Jokic ( @jokicnikola15) came onto the scene with the Denver Nuggets a year ago, he’s made a habit of surpassing expectations. Inspirational quotes for someone having a bad day First with his coaches and team, quickly adding Nuggets fans and local media, with the national media following suit at a slow trickle. Inspirational quotes for a new day As Jokic enters his second season with the Nuggets, Denver Stiffs got a few moments to learn more about what makes the Serbian center tick, on and off the court. Day quotes for her Today, part one of two.

Jokic: Yes, I ended up loving horses and basketball pretty equally, and came to the quick conclusion that my options were much better in basketball than in horse racing. Bible verses to have a good day (chuckles)

Jokic: I played on my first organized team when I was 14 or 15, but that was still not serious

basketball yet. Positive quotes to start a day That was like three-times-a-week practices. Inspirational quotes to start your day Something that was everyday, professionally, came a couple years later. Quotes to wish someone a good day I was near my hometown to play a bit when I was 17, for a half season, then I went to Mega Leks (his Serbian pro team). Inspirational quotes to start the day I moved to a couple more towns when I was playing for them.

Stiffs: So, you were still 17 when you signed with Mega. Bible verses for a good day at work You start out with three years of organized ball, and suddenly you’re playing junior level pro ball at 17 and progressing up the ranks quickly, do I have that right?

Jokic: It was a really crazy path. Inspirational quotes about having a great day I signed with Mega Leks when I was 17, had a really good year in junior league, I was the MVP of that. Have a great day quotes for facebook Then I got to go to the Nike Hoops Summit, and that’s the first time I met anyone in the NBA or the NBA staff.

Then I came back to Serbia, and was MVP of the Adriatic League the next year. Inspirational quotes for a great day Then I came to Denver the next year. Inspirational quotes for the workplace Every season up until this year has been something new happening to me, including that this Summer, I won Olympic silver. Feel good quote of the day My career keeps going forward and forward, and I don’t want it to stop any time soon.

Stiffs: Who could blame you? Kind of an amazing story, coming from where you have in seven years. Funny good morning quotes for friends So, after a year of pro ball, you’re 18, and you’re playing at the team’s main arena, in New Belgrade. Bible verses for a great day That’s nearly a three hour drive from your hometown. Good morning love quotes for her When you moved that far away, did any of your family join you?

Jokic: That first year I was in a town closer to home than New Belgrade, so my family stayed home. Inspirational quotes for the day at work Once I was three hours away, my brother moved along with me, so he was there. Motivational quotes of the day success That made it pretty much easy for me, I was with him every day. Motivational quotes of the day But that first year before New Belgrade, before my brother was along, those were the first times that I was really alone, at 17. Bible verses for having a bad day Luckily, I had good teammates with me, and I had good roommates, so it was easy adapting for me.

Stiffs: That’s fortunate, because that’s a young age to be out on your own for the first time. Inspirational quotes for a bad day I’m sure it was good that you had family along to help when you moved even further away.

Jokic: My brother coming that second year – that really helped me. Good day motivational quotes My family, and my girlfriend being able to come from time to time, every couple of weeks or every month, meant I wasn’t completely alone. Quotes for the first day of school Then, it was just adopting the life.

Jokic: Yep, yep, it was a huge change, and I’m the third child, and I love my hometown, love my parents, so… Good morning have a blessed day quotes It was a little bit, well… not sad, but… kind of sad, leaving family and my hometown.

Stiffs: I can only imagine. Inspirational quotes to have a good day You’ve probably had some lonely moments, chasing this dream. Bible verses for bad days So, fast forward to today, and you’ve now been primarily away from home for the last four years. Good morning love quotes for him Recently, you got to bring your Olympic silver medal back to your hometown, Sombor. Quotes about school life Several Nuggets fans got to see video of that day, and it was obviously an emotional moment. Have a good day quotes Tell us a little bit more about that day, and what it was like to be able to bring that medal back home.

Jokic: Whenever I am back in the area, all I want to do is just to go back home, I love my hometown. Bible quotes for a good day When I finish my career, I want to go back there and live there. Inspirational quotes for the day My parents are there, my family is there, even my girlfriend is there. Good quote of the day Everybody I know is there. Funny good morning quotes I don’t always like big cities that come with big teams. Hope you have a great day quotes I like small cities, that I can see most everyone as I go to walk. Inspirational quotes for workplace funny That’s what I love. Good quotes for the day (note: Sombor has a population below 50,000 when last measured in 2011.)

That moment when I came back from the Olympic games, and they had that surprise ceremony… it was really emotional for me, because I didn’t know they were going to do it. Good morning quotes for him Even when we won the silver in Rio, I didn’t know it was that much of a big thing back home in Serbia. Bible verses for a good day It was really crazy.

First in Belgrade, there were thousands and thousands of people, just waiting for us. Good morning quotes in hindi with images Not just for the men’s basketball team, but the water polo team, the volleyball team, the women’s basketball team, for the entire Olympic team. Good morning quotes for friends Then I came back to my home in Sombor, and they made a celebration just for me, and that was overwhelming. Inspirational quotes for the first day of school And awesome. Best bday quotes for wife You can see from the video that I couldn’t stop my emotions. Good morning quotes in hindi I saw what seemed like thousands of familiar faces in the crowd. Inspirational quotes for hard times at work I was really really touched to know that my hometown has got my back, and everybody supports me. Positive quotes to start the day Everybody knew what I was going through, and it was just really an emotional day for me.

Stiffs: For whatever it’s worth, it was a really touching moment for many of us. Quotes for a good day I got choked up watching how much it meant to you and also how much it meant to your family, friends, and fans. Inspirational quotes for the day in bible You could tell how much you mean to your hometown as well.

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Stiffs: Well corrected, thank you. Good morning quotes in hindi for facebook I like that a ton. Good morning quotes for friends and family As much as you are flourishing in the NBA, you briefly got to go back to the Euro game in the recent Olympics. Good morning quotes for girlfriend in english Is there anything about playing the European style that you like better?

Jokic: To be honest, I feel the difference, but it’s not a big enough difference. Funny quotes about a rainy day It’s a difference of one more step, other small things. Quotes about good deeds In Serbia, I don’t know how to describe it to you, but it was a little bit different by the rules. Good day love quotes for her But I don’t feel it. Good morning quotes in hindi for girlfriend Basketball is basketball. Quotes about having a good day The principles are still easy. Good morning quotes in hindi font In any of them, sometimes you don’t even need to dribble to make a score, so… it makes a bigger difference to play with your teammates, learn the passing, their preferences. Good morning my love quotes for him There’s no way some little rules changes can keep you and your teammates from making a score.

Stiffs: It’s exciting that you’ll be bringing those same principles back to Denver now that you have a year’s history with your teammates on the Nuggets. Wishing you a happy birthday quotes Speaking of your recent history, your brothers were in Denver for much of your first year of play. Good luck quotes for first day of school Will they be back with you for you second season?

Jokic: Of course, of course. Have a good day quotes for him Even my girlfriend was with me part of last year. Quotes about the good old days with friends I have really big support, and I know that they’ve all got my back. Inspirational quotes for stress at work If I play good, if I play bad, I know that they will sit down and tell me the truth. Funny quotes for having a bad day I want to hear the truth, and they will support me, they will tell me things that will cause me to play harder, to play better, and I need them. Good day quotes funny So, they are back with me now, to help.

Stiffs: It’s true, sometimes as you start to get successful, suddenly most everyone around you in your inner circle only tells you the “good things” that they think you want to hear. First day of highschool quotes It’s always better to have those voices that are also telling you when you’re messing up. Good morning quotes in hindi for friends You have your brothers there to keep you honest.

Jokic: Of course, that’s what family does. Quotes about good days They’re encouraging, but when they know that you are not playing good, they are telling you about it. Have a good day quotes for her That’s family.

Stiffs: It also doesn’t hurt that they have some years of life experience on you. Funny good morning quotes for him Your brothers are 11 and 13 years older than you. Best birthday quotes for wife Sometimes kids born that far apart don’t end up being very close when they grow up. Good morning quotes for him funny You three seem very close. Wishing someone a good day quotes When and how did that start?

Jokic: Before I can even remember. Good morning quotes for him tumblr I remember when I was five, six, they would carry me everywhere. 40th birthday quotes for wife When they’d play basketball, when they’d go to the city, everywhere. Quotes about a good school I remember I was going to the city with them for a week when they would play, so that closeness all started long ago. Funny good morning quotes for facebook It’s continuing like that because that’s a thing my parents do. Daily inspirational quotes for workplace We are all really close, we are taking care of each other, and we are really connected, so… I think it all comes from the good love of our parents.

Stiffs: That’s nice about your family. Quotes good day It makes a big difference. Happy birthday quotes for wife funny Was going to watch your brothers play basketball your introduction to the game, then?

Jokic: Yeah, that’s how I came to love basketball. Wishing you a good day quotes My mom said even before I could remember, when I still had a pacifier, I would just sit and watch them play. Funny good morning quotes for facebook status They were kids too, but I just loved how they moved. Good day quotes for him I would just sit there for hours and watch them. Quotes about a good day I remember when I was five or six, they brought me to a court, and it’s the first time I remember playing with them. Good morning love quotes for her tagalog After I got older, I found out that the whole time we were on some special court in my hometown, and the whole time I just played basketball with my brothers. Quotes for the day tagalog That memory is the first time I remember loving basketball.

Stiffs: What a great story. Best wishes quotes for first day of school You have a reputation in your family, and also with the team and Nuggets staff, for being a bit of a joker. Motivational quotes to start your day That obviously plays nicely into one of your nicknames, Joker. Funny birthday quotes for wife from husband Is your whole family funny, or were you “that kid” in the family?

I just like to have fun, I enjoy how everyone acts when we are keeping it light and having fun, at least off the court. Have a good day quotes for wife I like when we have fun in the locker room, and that was true with every team clear back to my hometown. Positive good day quotes I want everybody to smile, I want everybody to be happy. Mothers day quotes in hindi I can say that that’s my job to do, to make everybody happy.

If off the court, you and your team can joke around, often on the court you play much better. Funny good morning quotes from movies My whole family does joke around. Quotes about having a bad day We tease each other a lot. Bible verse about having a bad day I try not to tell anybody the whole story, but we tease a lot, trust me.

Stiffs: You can see the camraderie with the team, and it having on-court benefits. Positive quotes for a good day As to your family, I completely get it. Have a great day quotes for her I’ve seen bits and pieces, with yours. Quotes of the day tumblr In the first few quotes I read from your brothers, one of them was recalling your early playing days, and called you a “fat little point guard”. Inspirational quotes to start the day at work You could tell it was all meant in good fun. Good day quotes in hindi That’s also the way my family teases each other, and I love it. Everyday is a good day quotes It’s how we show our affection. Quotes about good work ethic But I’ve seen other people have a tough time with it, and I even saw a few fans taken aback by the comment until they better understood he was teasing with someone he cared about.

Jokic: Believe me, my brothers would give me a bad time when I was young. Good quotes to start the day Teasing me, holding down my arms, they were both a lot older and bigger. Bible verse for a bad day at work But when I’d start crying, they’d say, “Well, if you’re going to cry, we don’t want to play with you any more.” There were a lot of crazy stories.

Lots more to go, come back for part two tomorrow! Many thanks to the Joker, Nikola Jokic for taking the time to catch up with Denver Stiffs, and as always, to the Denver Nuggets and Tim Gelt for giving Stiffs this access.