The 26-year-old superstar Nikola Jokic has achieved a lot in his NBA career. As a 3x All-Star, 3x All-NBA player and reigning league MVP, he certainly has a lot to be proud of.
But his greatest achievement will no doubt come in a few months.
As “The Joker” announced to the media on Wednesday, he and his wife Natalija are expecting their first child.
Joker and his wife Natalija are waiting. Jokic offered few details in a conference call Wednesday and declined to reveal Baby Joker’s gender. All the reigning MVP had to offer was that there was still an ongoing debate between mom and dad over the baby’s name.
When asked about his off-season highlights, the Nuggets franchise superstar hit the news.
“(The off-season) was short,” he quipped. “The highlight is probably that we will have a baby. This is probably the highlight of my season, of my life. Otherwise it was really short. The second good thing is that my horses have won 15 to 20 races this year. You’re doing a good job. “
It is of course great news for the couple and their family as they welcome a new member to their ranks.
Of course, his wife’s pregnancy changed some of Jokic’s plans for the off-season. He was brought to America earlier than usual.
The couple’s pregnancy brought them back to Denver earlier than other seasons, meaning Jokic’s off-season work has continued here for the past few weeks, unlike Serbia. Since his return, Jokic has been a mainstay in the weight room, having weathered fitness trips to Red Rocks and dominating team pick-up games.
Regardless of how things will change for the Jokic family, welcoming a new child is always the proudest moment in a parent’s life, and there is no doubt that Nikola and Natalija are very excited about what’s to come.
What we can expect from the father-to-be on the pitch this season remains to be seen. But so far he has given us no reason to doubt him. When his firstborn is out and about, he will have an added incentive to play well.
In the meantime, he’ll be busy just deciding on the name …