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Yahoo! News Last season MVP Nikola Jokić recalls the time of the NBA challenge "I was drinking 2-3 liters of Coca-Cola every day."

Yahoo! News Last season MVP Nikola Jokić recalls the time of the NBA challenge "I was drinking 2-3 liters of Coca-Cola every day."

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Yahoo!ニュース 昨季MVPニコラ・ヨキッチがNBA挑戦当時を回想「毎日2~3リットルのコカ・コーラを飲んでいた」

Nikola Jokić of the Denver Nuggets became the first season MVP last season in the sixth year of the NBA, establishing himself as a center representing the league in both name and reality. However, he had a hard time adjusting at the beginning of his challenge to the United States, he said in his native Serbian Arena sport TV. He was nominated by the Nuggets in 41st place overall in the second round of the 2014 draft and went to the NBA from the 2015-16 season. The rookie year was a bench start in the early game, but Jokić has since seized the regular position and has shown his presence as a "point center" that can also make games while being a center. He played in all 72 games last season, averaging 26.4 points, 10.8 rebounds, 8.3 assists and a 56.6% field goal success rate. He beat Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers), Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) and Janis Adetokumbo (Milwaukee Bucks), his first and first-ever season MVP as a second-round draft nominee. Was awarded. Jokić said when he was 20 years old when he arrived in the United States, "I was drinking 2-3 liters of Coca-Cola every day. I had a can on my flight to the United States. The first week was hard. My teammates said. They were all physical, athletic, and dunked as they pleased, so I wanted to go home, "admits he wasn't ready to adapt to the NBA. At one point, it was pointed out that his weight gain slowed his movements, but he shaped himself with thorough dietary management and climbed to the top level of the league. Jokić acknowledged the abilities of his rivals, but dared not to respect them. "Everyone in the top 20 of the league can score 50 points. If they admit that they are better players, they will lose their competitiveness. (Stephen) If you hate Curry, that means you hate basketball. Kevin) Durant is the most offensive player in the league, he can't protect. "Jokić is still 26 years old in NBA's seventh year. Expectations are high for his future leap forward.

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