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The origin of Dario Saric’s ‘The Homie’ nickname

Dario Saric, Timberwolves

During his time with the Philadelphia 76ers, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Dario Saric has been often referred to as “The Homie.” As it turns out, however, that nickname came from his former teammate Joel Embiid.

According to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic, Sixers fans were already calling Dario Saric “The Homie” even before he officially joined the team. He noted that fans jumped on it after Joel Embiid called him that nickname back in 2014 during the team’s visit to Spain.

Along with Embiid, head coach Brett Brown, then Sixers GM Sam Hinkie and former teammates Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams took the trip to Spain to watch Saric play for Croatia in the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

Saric was drafted in 2014 by the Orlando Magic before being traded to the Sixers on Draft night. He only joined the team in 2016.

The 24-year-old Croatia international was recently traded to the Timberwolves, along with Robert Covington, Jerryd Bayless and a 2022 second round pick in exchange for All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler.

Saric has already played in four games for the Timberwolves, averaging 11.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.3 steals.