How Serbia Produces Great Basketball Players Like Nikola Jokić

 Iloslav Ćuk hasn't slept well in six weeks. Since the NBA playoffs began, he's watched every Denver Nuggets game, usually at 2:30 a.m. in Serbia.  

 Serbians are excited about this year's playoffs as their own, two-time MVP Nikola Jokić, leads the Nuggets to the NBA finals for the first time in his career.  

 According to Ćuk, who presents the Serbian Corner podcast on DNVR, he uses headphones and bites his face to avoid waking up others during early mornings.  

 Next, Fabrik Player lit the Paris 2024 Olympic flame in Ancient Olympia for the torch relay.  

 Paris 2024 Olympic Flame Lit in Ancient Olympia To Relay Torch As a vociferous Serbian Denver Nuggets fan, Ćuk is not alone.   

 For decades, Serbians have loved basketball.   

 During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the President of Serbia enrolled in a sports college to become a basketball coach.  

 Jokić is the most successful NBA player from Serbia, although his success is not solely due to his achievements.   

 A lengthy line of brilliant former Yugoslavian basketball players preceded him.  

 Among them are Krešimir Ćosić, a 6'11" Croatian player who chose the Yugoslavian national team over the NBA in the 1970s; Vlade Divac, a 7'1" .

 center inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2019; and Peja Stojaković, a 6'10" small forward from the 1990s and 2000s.  

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