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Golden State Warriors assistant coach, Dejan Milojevic, 46, dies after heart attack

 
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Warriors assistant Dejan Milojević, 46, dies after heart attack

ESPN News Services
Jan 17, 2024, 03:26 PM ET

Golden State Warriors assistant coach Dejan Milojević, a mentor to two-time NBA MVP Nikola Jokic and a former star player in his native Serbia, died Wednesday in Utah after suffering a heart attack, the team announced. Milojević, part of the staff that helped the Warriors win the 2022 NBA championship, was 46.

Milojević died in Salt Lake City, where he was hospitalized Tuesday night after a medical emergency during a private team dinner. The Warriors had been scheduled to play the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night, a game the NBA postponed.

"We are absolutely devastated by Dejan's sudden passing," coach Steve Kerr said in a statement released by the team. "This is a shocking and tragic blow for everyone associated with the Warriors and an incredibly difficult time for his family, friends, and all of us who had the incredible pleasure to work with him."

Milojević's death elicited a massive and immediate outpouring of sympathy from the basketball community, and moments of silence were held Wednesday before NBA games. Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra called the news "horrific." Atlanta forward Bogdan Bogdanovic -- a Serbian, like Milojević -- politely declined comment Wednesday before the Hawks' game, saying "I'm sorry. I can't talk about it right now. I feel so bad" while tapping his chest. San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich raved about how good a coach Milojević was.

"You changed my life in such a short time," Warriors rookie Brandin Podziemski wrote on social media. "The most important thing you ever told me was to just smile! Your joy and laughs will forever be missed. Shine down on us from heaven."

Milojević was in his third season with the Warriors. He previously coached in Serbia -- where he once worked with a young Jokic before the now-Denver Nuggets star came to the United States -- as well in Montenegro and had been an assistant coach for the Serbian national team alongside current Hawks assistant Igor Kokoskov.

"The NBA mourns the sudden passing of Golden State assistant coach Dejan Milojević, a beloved colleague and dear friend to so many in the global basketball community," NBA commissioner Adam Silver said. "In addition to winning the 2022 NBA championship in his first season with the Warriors and mentoring some of the best players in the world, Dejan had a decorated international playing career and was a distinguished head coach in his native Serbia."


Dejan Milojević, who won three consecutive MVP awards in the Adriatic League and was a key member of a coaching staff that helped the Warriors win the 2022 NBA championship, died Wednesday at 46. Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images
Milojević worked closely with Jokic, LA Clippers center Ivica Zubac, Orlando Magic center Goga Bitadze and Houston Rockets center Boban Marjanovic, among others, during his time as a coach in Europe. With the Warriors, he worked primarily with big men like Kevon Looney, who raved about Milojević's attention to detail.

"Rest in peace, Deki," Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic wrote on social media.

Kerr said he originally learned of Milojević from Kent Lacob, the son of Golden State owner Joe Lacob. When the Warriors went through some staffing changes in 2021, Kerr decided to pursue Milojević. It took some convincing, but Milojević finally agreed to take the offer. Kerr was thrilled.

"I immediately saw what Kent was talking about," Kerr said in a video produced by the Warriors last year. "He was so great to be around. At the same time, he had this amazing basketball background both as a player and a coach. It made so much sense for us to bring Deki in."

Milojević won three consecutive MVP awards in the Adriatic League, taking those trophies in 2004, 2005 and 2006 when the 6-foot-7, 240-pound power forward was at the peak of his playing career. Jokic was MVP of that league in 2015, a year after current Warriors forward Dario Saric.

No player has more Adriatic MVPs than Milojević, and the stories of games in his youth are legendary. Among them: how he scored 141 points as a 14-year-old in 1991, with 83 of those points coming in the second half after his coach ordered he take all the shots.

"I teach all my players that basketball is not a job, but that they should enjoy the game," Milojević told Bosnian radio-television outlet RTV in 2018. "Because if you want to do something for the next 20 years, then you have to love it a lot. It's not easy to endure all these efforts if you don't like something. Only those who have a sincere love for the game can handle everything with great success."

Before joining the Warriors, Milojević had NBA experience through summer league assistant coach stints with Atlanta, San Antonio and Houston.

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