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Nikola Jokic named NBA Most Valuable Player for third time

Nikola Jokic named NBA Most Valuable Player for third time

[ad_1] Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic was named NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the third time in four seasons on Wednesday, May 8. The 29-year-old Serbian star, who won the award in 2021 and 2022, finished runner-up in the voting in 2023 but had the satisfaction of leading the Nuggets to a first NBA title. This season he averaged 26.4 points, 12.4 rebounds and 9.0 assists in the regular season and beat out Oklahoma City Thunder star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks in final voting for the award. In another season in which Jokic managed to make brilliance almost look routine, he became the second player, after Oscar Robertson, to record 2,000 points, 900 rebounds and 600 assists in a season. His 25 triple-doubles and 68 double-doubles were both second in the league. Jokic enters elite territory with a third MVP crown. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s six MVPs are the most ever. Bill Russell and Michael Jordan won five apiece and Wilt Chamberlain and LeBron James four. Jokic joins Moses Malone, Larry …

Nikola Jokic Despicable Me 4 Ad Campaign Sees NBA Star Dress Like Gru

Nikola Jokic Despicable Me 4 Ad Campaign Sees NBA Star Dress Like Gru

[ad_1] In 2022, flocks of teenagers flocked to cinemas dressed in suits and tuxedos, there to see and celebrate the Illumination film Minions: The Rise of Gru. It was part of a trend, apparently developed organically, called #GentleMinions, of young fans celebrating (some, perhaps ironically) the film franchise they grew up with. Universal, which distributed the film, was, suffice it to say, thrilled, and the film ultimately delivered more than $939 million at the box office. This year, Illumination has another film in the franchise hitting theaters, Despicable Me 4, and the studio is once again betting on a dose of social media virality to kickstart its campaign, turning to an athlete known as “The Joker.” On Saturday, Nikola Jokić, the star NBA center for the Denver Nuggets, arrived for the team’s playoff game against the Los Angeles Lakers dressed suspiciously like Gru, the franchise’s protagonist. It quickly went viral, with memes and jokes all over TikTok, X, Instagram and other platforms. “I love the guy and I love the cartoon,” Jokić told reporters after …

Jokic, Gilgeous-Alexander and Doncic Picked as the NBA’s MVP Finalists. Wemby up for 2 Trophies, Too

Jokic, Gilgeous-Alexander and Doncic Picked as the NBA’s MVP Finalists. Wemby up for 2 Trophies, Too

[ad_1] Nikola Jokic is one step closer to winning a third MVP award in the last four seasons. Victor Wembanyama is surely on his way to a trophy — or maybe two. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander might get a couple of his own as well. The NBA revealed the finalists for most of the league’s postseason awards Sunday — and to no surprise, Jokic, the Denver Nuggets’ star, was one of the three top vote-getters for the top individual honor, the Michael Jordan trophy that gets presented to the league’s Most Valuable Player. The others: Dallas’ Luka Doncic and Oklahoma City’s Gilgeous-Alexander. Last season’s MVP, Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers, was not eligible this year because of the new league rule saying players must appear in a certain number of games for award participation. If he wins, Jokic would become the ninth player with three or more MVPs, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (six), Jordan and Bill Russell (five), Wilt Chamberlain and LeBron James (four), and Moses Malone, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson (three). Doncic and Gilgeous-Alexander would …

Jokic leads Nuggets past Wolves as Mavs sink Spurs

Jokic leads Nuggets past Wolves as Mavs sink Spurs

[ad_1] LOS ANGELES: Nikola Jokic scored 35 points as the Denver Nuggets held off a second-half rally by the Minnesota Timberwolves to record a 115-112 victory over their Western Conference rivals on Tuesday (Mar 19). Serbian star Jokic shepherded Denver over the line after Minnesota erased an 18-point second-quarter deficit to seriously rattle the reigning NBA champions. Minnesota, missing the injured Karl-Anthony Towns and Rudy Gobert, had a last-gasp attempt to force overtime only for Anthony Edwards’ three-point attempt to bounce off the rim. Denver move into second place in the Western Conference with a 48-21 record. Oklahoma City Thunder lead the standings at 47-20 while Minnesota remain firmly in the hunt in third at 47-22. The Timberwolves came roaring back into the game after a third-quarter shooting spree that saw them outscore Denver 29-17 thanks to 14 points from Edwards, who finished with 30 on the night. But defensive adjustments from Denver slowed Edwards’ scoring rate in the fourth quarter and the Nuggets held on. “We threw an extra body at him,” Denver coach …

Jokic leads Nuggets fightback over fired-up Raptors

Jokic leads Nuggets fightback over fired-up Raptors

[ad_1] LOS ANGELES: Nikola Jokic grabbed a 35-point triple-double as the Denver Nuggets staged a dramatic second-half fightback to defeat the short-handed Toronto Raptors 125-119 on Monday (Mar 11). Two-time Most Valuable Player Jokic produced a towering display to drag Denver back into contention after the NBA champions trailed by 22 points in the second quarter. A fired-up Toronto looked poised to score a notable upset after starting strong to open up a double-digit advantage. But Serbian star Jokic seized control of the game in the third, scoring 19 points as Denver outscored Toronto 42-30 to trim the visitors’ lead to five points heading into the fourth. Denver’s domination continued into the fourth and they finally took the lead midway through the final frame when Jamal Murray’s layup put them 108-107 ahead. Denver outscored Toronto 32-21 in the fourth quarter to close out the win. “In the first half they scored a lot and we didn’t play any defence,” said Jokic after completing his 21st triple-double of the season. “We just needed to match and …

Jokic, Nuggets fend off gritty 76ers 111-105 as Embiid sits out for 4th consecutive time in Denver

Jokic, Nuggets fend off gritty 76ers 111-105 as Embiid sits out for 4th consecutive time in Denver

[ad_1] DENVER (AP) — This matinee was no marquee, not with one of its co-stars missing again. The Denver Nuggets fended off the gritty, short-handed Philadelphia 76ers 111-105 on Saturday behind 26 points and 16 rebounds from Nikole Jokic, who was again denied his rematch with fellow MVP contender Joel Embiid. Philadelphia’s star center missed the Sixers’ game at Denver for a fourth consecutive season after the team’s medical staff determined he shouldn’t play on his balky left knee. Denying hoops fans another marquee matchup between the last two NBA MVPs, the Sixers scratched Embiid minutes before tipoff after he grimaced through his warmups. “He really wanted to play, and the medical team did not deem him fit to play today,” Sixers coach Nick Nurse said. “That’s too bad for those fans. That’s too bad.” Nuggets coach Michael Malone was miffed by the late nature of Embiid’s scratch. “We found out very late and again, I don’t know how you go from being active/available to out,” Malone said. “And I’m sure the league will do …

Murray and Jokic Help Nuggets Hand Celtics Their First Loss at Home This Season, 102-100

Murray and Jokic Help Nuggets Hand Celtics Their First Loss at Home This Season, 102-100

[ad_1] BOSTON (AP) — The Denver Nuggets felt they let a winnable game slip away in the closing minutes during a narrow loss at Philadelphia earlier this week. They found themselves in a similar situation late against one of the NBA’s top teams and made sure not to let it happen again. Jamal Murray scored 35 points, Nikola Jokic finished with 34 and Denver held on to hand the Boston Celtics their first home loss of the season, 102-100 on Friday night. “Both teams were countering each other,” Murray said. “Both throwing haymakers and we were able to have the final punch.” Jokic added 12 rebounds and nine assists to help the defending NBA champions end the Celtics’ streak at 20 home victories. It was the first of two regular-season meetings between teams with sights on representing their respective conferences in the NBA Finals. They play again in Denver on March 7. Political Cartoons Jayson Tatum had a chance to tie it in the closing seconds, but he missed a one-legged fadeaway off the rim …

A pickup truck doing ballet: Nikola Jokić is making the NBA finals his masterpiece | NBA finals

[ad_1] Hybridity has always been in Nikola Jokić’s basketball DNA; after all, this is a player who was famously drafted by Denver in the middle of a Taco Bell commercial for the quesadilla-burrito mashup known as a quesarito. The pretty, historic town of Sombor, where Jokić grew up, is tucked into the northwestern pocket of Serbia, flush against the borders with Croatia and Hungary; the Hungarian, Habsburg, Ottoman and Austrian empires have all, at various points over the past half-millennium, laid claim to it. Jokić, perhaps fittingly given his origins, has emerged over this postseason as the NBA’s ultimate border-hopper: a center with the touch of a guard, a prodigious scorer who’s better as a passer, the embodiment of total basketball, infinitely adaptable, positionless but always in position, a crossroads in human form. As Denver tightened their grip on the finals with a coolly commanding Game 3 win in Miami on Wednesday night, a talent that once threatened to go unrewarded with the hard currency of titles has come thrillingly into mint. Jokić’s numbers – …