Nikola Jokic loves his horses.
On June 12, it appeared that the entire harness racing community was rooting for the Denver Nuggets to secure their first NBA championship victory.
All eyes were on Nikola Jokic, who is widely regarded as the best athlete in basketball. Jokic’s prowess as a player led his team to a four-games-to-one win of the best-of-seven NBA Finals, making him a hero to harness racing enthusiasts worldwide.
Perhaps with the pressure of the championship off his shoulders, Jokic can devote more time to his other passion – horse racing.
According to driver/trainer Tim Tetrick, Jokic once confided in him, “My job is basketball, but my passion is horse racing,” adding, “I would trade jobs with you in a heartbeat if it paid better.”
Jokic first connected with Tetrick several years ago through social media, and they have since become good friends.
As a teenager, Jokic fell in love with horses, particularly trotters, while working at the track in his hometown in northern Serbia. This weekend Jokic finally got back to his passion, and attended a horse race in Serbia.
The MVP holiday begins: Nikola Jokic arrives at Sombor to watch a horse race ??
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Jokic now owns his farm with a training track and owns approximately nine trotters.
With two NBA MVP awards, an NBA championship, and an NBA Finals MVP to his name, Jokic may now set his sights on winning a Meadowlands Pace or a Hambletonian trophy.