Shaquille O’Neal is back with his hilarious antics, claiming that Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic is Russian and even calling him Ivan Drago.
See O’Neal’s blunder in the clip below. He even prepared a speech in Russian only to get it all wrong. He wasn’t aware that Jokic is actually Serbian and is not a countryman of fictional character Ivan Drago.
Shaq thought Jokic was Russian. 😂💀pic.twitter.com/CXsRh4pVur
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) January 15, 2021
From the looks of it, Nikola Jokic wasn’t too bothered by Shaq’s hilarious blunder. After all, O’Neal’s known to be one of the funniest guys around.
And more importantly, Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets picked up the victory against the Golden State Warriors, 114-104. Jokic himself had a monster triple-double with 23 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists. Six other Nuggets players scored in double figures including Jamal Murray and Will Barton who dropped 17 points each.
The Nuggets and Nikola Jokic are back to their winning ways after losing against the Brooklyn Nuggets on Tuesday. They are now 6-6 in the 2020-21 NBA season, another year where they continue their quest for the NBA title. Denver is trying to rediscover the identity it gained last season as a team which would never say die and made a strong push for the first NBA Finals appearance in franchise history.
Last season, particularly in the playoffs, the Nuggets and Nikola Jokic made waves by coming back from a 3-1 deficit not once, but twice. It pretty much legitimized them as a serious title contender and one of the strongest teams in the West.
Nikola Jokic, who’s been in MVP talks over the last few years, is averaging a triple-double so far: 24.3 points (career-high), 10.9 rebounds, and 10.5 assists (career-high, currently leads the league). It’s expected that these numbers will normalize throughout the course of the season. But taking them as they are, it’s definitely a great start for the Serbian big man.