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Nikola Jokic explains why he doesn’t want his Nuggets teammates to visit Serbia

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Nikola Jokic doesn’t want his Denver Nuggets teammates to visit his home country of Serbia, and for a good reason.

During his exit interview with the media after the Nuggets lost to the Portland Trail Blazers in a thrilling Game 7, Jokic said that only teammate Gary Harris had been to Serbia. However, he pointed out that he doesn’t want his teammates to visit the country because they might take away the shine from his wattage.

In typically amusing Jokic fashion, the burly center claimed that he didn’t want any of his teammates to “take his crown” in terms of popularity. Though the Nuggets have a strong young core, it seems unlikely that any player on the team is more impactful than Jokic — who will likely finish the season among the top 5 in MVP voting.

Jokic had a tremendous year in which his scoring efficiency, rebounding and passing all continued to progress to the point that he is one of the most dynamic big men in the entire NBA. The Nuggets clearly rely on him, and he is expected to be the face of the franchise for years to come.

Sure enough, with the way he is developing, Jokic’s “crown” in terms of Serbian popularity will likely remain unchallenged for the foreseeable future.