Nikola Jokic wants to ‘become a trotting coach’

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Giannis Askounis

29/May/22 08:56

The post-NBA dream job for Nikola Jokic would return him to Serbia

By Johnny Askounis/

Looking into how he normally spends the offseason and even where he received the 2022 NBA MVP trophy, Nikola Jokic predictably would like to train horses following his playing days. He revealed his plans to Peter Andersson of TV4.

“My dream is to move back to Serbia and become a trotting coach after my basketball career,” said the Joker, “My country is, unfortunately, the worst in Europe on trotting and there are maybe 150 starting horses and it is very complicated to start abroad. But it’s still great fun.”

Jokic, 27, a lock to sign the largest supermax contract extension in NBA history this summer, will not face many obstacles, at least financially on the potential business project. His beloved horses can be considered likely to be part of future ventures.

Proving as much once more, the Serbian big man was present at Elitloppet, a traditional invitational harness event hosted annually in Stockholm, Sweden. He can be seen warming up one of the event’s horses.

As a reminder, he received the most recent MVP award at a horse farm in his hometown of Sombor, Serbia. Jokic was named season MVP for the second year in a row behind 27.1 points, 13.8 rebounds, 7.9 assists, 1.5 steals, and 0.9 blocks per game in the 2021-22 Regular Season.

The seventh NBA campaign with the Denver Nuggets ended in the first round of the 2022 Playoffs. His side was eliminated by the Golden State Warriors in five games despite him putting up 31.0 points, 13.2 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.6 steals, and 1.0 blocks per contest in the best-of-seven series.

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