Golden State Warriors Assistant Coach Dejan Milojević Passes Away at 46
In a devastating blow to the basketball community, Golden State Warriors assistant coach Dejan Milojević passed away at the age of 46. The renowned mentor to NBA MVP Nikola Jokic suffered a heart attack and was hospitalized in Salt Lake City, where he tragically lost his life following a medical emergency during a team dinner.
The news of Milojević’s passing shook the NBA, leading to the postponement of the Warriors’ scheduled game against the Utah Jazz. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr expressed his devastation over the loss, describing it as a shocking and tragic blow for the team and the basketball community as a whole.
Milojević was a beloved figure in the basketball world, known for his exceptional coaching skills, particularly with big men like Jokic, Ivica Zubac, Goga Bitadze, and Boban Marjanovic. He had a successful playing career in Serbia, winning three consecutive MVP awards in the Adriatic League. After retiring as a player, Milojević turned his focus to coaching, having previously coached in Serbia and Montenegro, as well as serving as an assistant coach for the Serbian national team.
Tributes poured in from around the NBA community, with many acknowledging Milojević’s talent as a coach and his compassionate nature as a person. His dedication to developing young talents was evident through the success of players he mentored, such as Jokic.
The rescheduled date for the Warriors-Jazz game has yet to be announced, as the league mourns the loss of a beloved coach. Milojević is survived by his wife and two children, who are left to grieve the untimely loss of their loved one.
The basketball world mourns the loss of Dejan Milojević, a visionary coach, and caring individual who will be deeply missed. His impact on the sport will be felt for generations to come.