Grab all the details on the weight loss of Nikola Jokic, a Serbian professional basketball player.
Nikola Jokić is a Serbian professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Additionally, he plays for the Serbian national basketball team in international-level tournaments.
In NBA, Nikola is also known by his nickname 'Joker.' In the 2014 NBA draft, he was selected with the 41st overall pick by the Denver Nuggets. Later in 2016, he got selected to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2016. Also, Nikola is the recipient of an Olympic silver medal at the 2016 Rio Games.
Even though with no NBA action in this quarantine period, Nikola Jokic made pretty good use of his free time that can be of significant help to his game when the league returns at the end of July. Nikola underwent a dramatic transformation during the quarantine, undergoing a significant weight loss that is turning people's heads. Here's how Nikola Jokic managed to utilize the time he had to good use, by dropping considerable pounds of weight.
Before the NBA suspended the current 2019-20 season three months ago, Nikola Jokic weighed around 284 pounds. But in recent months, since the suspension of the ongoing season, Nikola got busy losing weight and maintaining his body.
NBA star Nikola Jokic looks much slimmer in his recent pictures.
But some results of his weight loss were also seen but not noticed by many in early 2020. An article by CBS Sports claims Jokic said in February that he had lost 20-25 pounds during the season through diet and exercise, suggesting Nikola was into weight loss journey way before the lockdown. Additionally, the article mentioned his weight loss coincided with the upward trajectory of his play -- he averaged 25.5 points, 10 rebounds and 7.2 assists on 64 percent shooting in the month of February.
And, it is safe to speculate that the NBA star just got more time to involve in the weight loss routine he began then. More clearly, he continued his diet plan and fitness routine and could spend more time into it, since he had all the free time. He solely focused on attaining a healthy and fit body, which will be of great help to him in his upcoming games. Many people are saying Nikola's transformation is going to increase the athleticism and quickness in his games.
The first one to react was Denver Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly. As reported in an article by Fox Sports, Nikola himself sent Tim the results of his intense weight loss journey. 'He sent me a picture,' Tim said. 'No shirt on. He's got abs. I've never seen him have abs before.'
Nikola Jokic's weight loss showed abs, which he did not have before.
While everyone is pumped up of his new appearance and fit body, Nikola's personal trainer Jure Drakslar is not all that pleased. 'He's not in the best shape,' Jure said, according to an article by Dallas News. 'Which is normal. NBA games will not be played before the end of July, so there is enough time to help him recover and get ready. But he added, 'However, he undoubtedly would be ready to play right now,' giving the fans a sigh of relief.
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