Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, right, beat out two other international NBA stars to win his second-straight MVP award. Giannis Antetokounmpo of Greece came in second and Joel Embiid of Cameroon was third in the voting.

Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokić cemented his place among basketball royalty on Wednesday, securing his third NBA MVP title for the 2023-24 season. But beyond the official recognition, Jokić’s post-win gesture offered a glimpse into the man behind the MVP trophy.

As Jokić faced the media after the announcement, a simple yet powerful detail caught everyone’s eye: a “Brate” shirt. This Serbian word for “brother” served as a poignant tribute to Jokić’s former coach, Dejan Milojevic, a Golden State Warriors assistant coach who tragically passed away from a heart attack in January.

The connection runs deep. Milojevic wasn’t just a colleague; he was Jokić’s head coach at Mega Basket, a Serbian club that served as a launching pad for Jokić’s illustrious career. Following Milojevic’s sudden passing at 46, the Warriors, in a touching display of solidarity, created “Brate” T-shirts that became a familiar sight during pregame warm-ups across the NBA.

For Jokić, the shirt transcended mere words. It embodied the deep bond he shared with his coach. “I don’t want to make a show of it,” Jokić had said then, his voice thick with emotion, according to The Denver Post. “This is a shock for my entire family. I love his family. I love him.”

Jokić’s MVP win wasn’t just a personal triumph; it was a testament to the impact coaches like Milojevic have on their players. The “Brate” shirt served as a powerful reminder of the unseen forces that shape champions, a silent dedication to the coach who helped mold Jokić into the superstar he is today.

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