Serbia coach Pesic says Nikola Jokic is a better person than player

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Antonis Stroggylakis

09/Jun/24 14:54

Nikola Jokic has yet to make his Olympic Games decision

By Eurohoops team /

Serbia coach Svetislav Pesic believes that Nikola Jokic’s qualities as a person surpass the one the NBA superstar possesses as player.

That’s some high praise for a player who some consider to be the best in the world right now.

“Nikola Jokic’s participation alone certainly means something in every sense,” Pesic said to Politike podcast after being asked whether Jokic will join Serbia for the upcoming Olympic Games. “From both the aspect of his individual quality and from the aspect of personality that Jokic is. Because when I say that Jokic is a better guy than he is a player, they all faint. Like, ‘you’re courting Jokic.’ Of course I’m courting him, because I want to point that out.”

As of now, Jokic still appears undecided on whether he’ll play in the Olympics or not, at least when it comes to the comments he has made on the matter in public. After finishing the season with the Denver Nuggets, he mentioned that he still has to “think about it.”

A couple of days later, Pesic called “fake news” a report that Jokic will definitely join the Serbian national team in the Olympics, adding that people will learn what will happen “when the time comes.”

Jokic last played for Serbia in the 2022 FIBA World Cup.

Photo: FIBA