Nikola Jokic hilariously answers own questions during postgame press conference
At this point, it’s not out of the realm to say that Nikola Jokic is one of the most talented basketball players of the 21st century. I won’t go further than that, because it’s so crazy to compare multiple different generations of basketball players without loads of context.
But the 7-foot big is a wizard with the rock in his hands–he’s an elite shot-maker, sporting a 60.0 true-shooting percentage on at least 14.5 shot attempts and two 3-point attempts over each of the last five years; he’s also one of the best passing big men of all-time, having eyes all around his skull with the ability to place any pass with the proper velocity and accuracy anywhere within the hardwood.
Though after Monday’s 18-point Nuggets victory over the New Orleans Pelicans, Jokic–who posted a 35-point, 14-rebound, 12-assist triple-double–showcased his talent in … sports media? Correct.
He decided to take matters into his own hands, proceeding to hilariously answer myriad fake questions that he assumed media members–sitting feet away from him–would ask for roughly two minutes, even though nobody said a word.
The defense, the media…&mdash; NBA (@NBA) November 7, 2023
Nikola Jokic is always one step ahead of those opposite him 😂
The Nuggets improved to 7-1 last night! pic.twitter.com/b5YgHcuDxX
The media members in the room had a sense of humor when it came to Jokic’s bit.
It’s difficult to ask questions in front of not only players and coaches, but several other reporters in a media setting trying to also get their questions in. But perhaps this is a sign that we can’t ask the same standard questions every time.
Maybe it might not mean that much. But as it pertains to basketball media and, more specifically, NBA media, I’ve been wanting more media members to ask about the X’s and O’s and the in-depth intricacies on the court instead of the very standard, “Tell me what you thought about Player X…” or “Tell me what this win/loss means to you…”
Believe it or not, players and coaches in any sport show appreciation for the in-depth questions more often than not, even if they don’t give you every piece of the meat and potatoes. Take Mike McDaniel here, for example.
Sure, McDaniel is one of the more charismatic coaches in American sports, but if we want the best answers and not the stereotypical soundbites, asking in-depth questions is a way to extract that.
Food for thought the next time you or anyone you know’s in that situation.
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