Basketball players from the Golden State Warriors won against Atlanta this morning with a score of 134:112. This game served as a farewell to their assistant coach Dejan Milojević. The Serbian coach and celebrated basketball player passed away last Wednesday from a heart attack.
Before the game, the Golden State players appeared for warm-ups wearing shirts with Dejan Milojević’s initials and the words “Deki” and “brat” written inside a heart, symbols he often used during his work with the team. Instead of a moment of silence, the Warriors’ head coach, Steve Kerr, asked the audience to join in paying tribute to Dejan, saying, “I want us to honor Dejan and his wonderful family with the ovations he can hear in heaven.”
Dejan Milojević passed away in January at the age of 46. During the ceremony, a video and photos from Milojević’s time with the Warriors, when they won the championship ring in 2022, were shown. A white rose was placed on his coaching chair. At the event, Milojević’s wife Nataša and their children Nikola and Maša watched tearfully, and at the end, they were presented with a bouquet of white roses.
The Golden State Warriors had not played a game for eight days, marking the first time that an NBA team had such a long break during the regular season since 2021 when San Antonio did not play for nine days, excluding breaks for the All-Star Game or due to the COVID-19 pandemic.