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Nuggets All-Star Nikola Jokic explains why he doesn’t set goals

Nikola Jokic, Nuggets

Before the start of every NBA season, players are asked about the goals that they want to achieve. However, for Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic, setting goals is something that would just put pressure on him.

With that said, he’d rather just do his best than focus on what he wants to achieve, per Harrison Wind of DNVR.

“I never have goals just because I think goals, they make you feel pressure, make you feel nervous, stress, whatever, like if I don’t make it I’m going to die,” the Serbian big man said. “I just go out there and try to win it, game, practice, a set, even in the weight room.”

Last season, Jokic averaged 20.1 points, 10.8 rebounds and 7.2 assists per game en route to making the All-Star team for the first time in his career. He’s also the main reason why the Nuggets secured the second seed in the Western Conference.

Although they lost to the Portland Trail Blazers in the second round of the playoffs, their stellar run is a testament of how good they can be over the next couple of years.

Of course, Jokic would want to lead the Nuggets to a championship, and he’d probably want to win the MVP as well, but it’s not something that he really set his sights on. He’s more focused on helping the team get better.

The Nuggets are once again one of the best teams in the West heading into the 2019-20 season, and it will be interesting to see how they match up against some of the new-look contenders in the league.