70 | Košarka » Basketball ŠAMPIONI SVETA / WORLD CHAMPIONS N I KOL A J OK I Ć Most valuable player of theNBA A story like no other. Nikola's journey from 41st draft pick to league MVP is one of the most incredible successes we’ve witnessed in the history of basketball THEBASKETBALLWORLD HAS TURNEDANEWPAGE andwrittenanewentry that will remain in its annals: for the first time in the history of this wonderful game, the NBA league’s best player comes from Serbia. He is the first Serb, but alsoonly the third European – after GermanDirkNowitzkiand Greece’s Giannis Antetokounmpo. Nikola received the announcement together with the entire Denver team, then stood and gave a short speech to his teammates. Modestly, in his own style, he said that the MVP trophy belongs to the entire team, and not just him. That’s because he’s the most unselfish player in theNBA, andprobably also the most skilful. They call him a ‘point guard trapped ina center‘s body’ because of his incredible passing ability. He’s a veritable machine for triple-doubleperformances.Thewhole world is talking about the fairy-tale journey of one chubby boy - from basketball in Sombor to the sport’s greatest individual acknowledgement. That fateful 26th June 2014 is considered theday that changed the recent history of the Denver Nug1 2 3 4 1 Konji su Nikolina velika ljubav 2 Džoker i Nole, drugari šampioni 3 Bucko zbog kojeg svaki dečak sada zna da je nebo granica 4 Mural u rodnomSomboru 1 Horses are Nikola’s great love 2 Joker and Nole, fellow champions 3 Chubby kid, thanks to whom every boy now knows that the sky’s the limit 4 Mural in his native Sombor FOTO: MEGA / IVICA VESELINOVIĆ FOTO: ALEKSANDAR DIMITRIJEVIĆ