Since retiring, Boris Diaw has not done especially talk about him in the NBA microcosm, even if he remains one of the best Europeans in history. But this Wednesday, following his MVP coronation, Nikola Jokic made a huge confession about the former captain of the France team.
The race will have been tight until the end, but Nikola Jokic has indeed won his second consecutive MVP title at the end of another breathtaking season. Deprived of his two best teammates, Michael Porter Jr. and Jamal Murray, the pivot still managed to qualify his Nuggets for the playoffs, which says a lot about his impact.
But obviously, not everyone agrees with the decision of the voters, and in particular Shaquille O’Neal, who said he didn’t understand the selection criteriasince he saw Joel Embiid as the real MVP this year… Evan Fournier also gave his opinion on the question, inviting all fans and all observers to the reflection on the place of statistics in basketball.
Nikola Jokic was inspired by Boris Diaw when he arrived in the NBA!
But no matter what the specialists think in the end, the choice is made, and Nikola Jokic has joined the very closed club of successive double winners of the most beautiful of individual trophies. Interviewed on the TNT channel by Charles Barkley and the other experts of the show Inside The NBAthe Joker paid an incredible tribute to Boris Diaw… No one had seen such a compliment coming.
When I came to the league, I tried to base my game on Tim Duncan, who is obviously a great player. He was someone we could draw inspiration from, for me he was the perfect idol. But I was also looking for inspiration from Dirk Nowitzki, LaMarcus Aldridge, Boris Diaw… In fact, all the players who weren’t necessarily considered spectacular by the fans and the media.
Nikola Jokic always knew that he would not have outstanding athletic qualities, so he decided to draw inspiration from players who shone above all with their knowledge of the game and their mastery of the fundamentals. And among this category of players, Boris Diaw is obviously a model. If the student has now surpassed the master, we must not forget the exceptional talent that was “Babac”.
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Boris Diaw should not necessarily expect to be cited among all the inspirations of Nikola Jokic, and yet he was put on the same level as Tim Duncan, LaMarcus Aldridge or Dirk Nowitzki, all All-Stars. That is to say its impact on the Suns and the Spurs.