Nikola Jokic’s brothers were spotted at the Heat vs Nuggets game in Miami last night (29 November). Here’s what went down and what veteran Udonis Haslem said previously about the Jokic brothers rocking up in Miami.
Earlier this season, Nuggets center Nikola Jokic was ejected from a Nuggets vs Heat game in Colorado for shoving Markieff Morris.
The incident, which happened on 8 November, caused an on-court fracas with officials having to split the teams up.
Jokic was suspended for one game without pay while Markieff Morris was fined $50,000 for committing a Flagrant Foul.
The siblings of both players got involved in the incident, including Jokic’s brothers, Nemanja and Strahinja, who created a Twitter account to go at Marcus Morris.
Jokic’s brothers spotted at Heat vs Nuggets game last night
The brothers evidently weren’t willing to let the incident go away quietly. After the game in Denver, reports emerged that the brothers had bought tickets for the Miami vs Denver game which took place last night (29 November).
Eric Goodman, who works for Mile High Sports, a daily sports show on a Denver radio station, said he’d been told the Jokic brothers had bought tickets and expected them to be in the arena.
The Miami Herald also recently reported that “Jokic’s brothers could be at FTX Arena.”
And true to reports, Jokic’s brothers did turn up to the Heat vs Nuggets game last night. They were spotted by Nuggets reporter Mike Singer who shared a video of them sitting behind the Nuggets bench.
Nikola speaks about having his brothers’ support
Nothing untoward or dramatic appeared to unfold, though, despite the previous beef.
The Nuggets big man said after the game: “To be honest, they were coming to Miami every year that was possible. They missed the last couple of years because of covid with no fans. It is very cool to have them by your side.”
Nikola Jokic was questionable for Monday’s game having missed Denver’s last four games because of a sprained right wrist. He scored 24 points, 15 rebounds, and seven assists on his return.
The reigning MVP was booed all night by the home crowd, not that it bothered him.
Morris was ruled out of the game because of whiplash stemming from the incident with Jokic.
Singer also reported that ‘Nikola Jokic said he hasn’t been in touch with Markieff Morris since their run-in in Denver.’
Udonis Haslem has his say on Jokic’s brothers
Udonis Haslem is both a veteran of the league and the Miami Heat, extending his role as a player coach for the last couple of seasons.
The 41-year-old has seen it all as a player, and seems to think the bad blood with Jokic and his brothers, and Morris, is pretty much over.
When speaking to Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald ahead of the game against the Nuggers, he said: “I have nothing to do with that, man. We’re going to play a basketball game.
“That’s over with. I don’t have nothing to do with that. I keep hearing about the Jokic brothers buying tickets to come to the game.
“Nobody got time for that. Life is too short. It’s over with. It happened. In the heat of the moment, everybody reacted. OK, let’s move on.”
However, Haslem then did warn Jokic’s brothers about Miami being ‘his’ city.
He said: “What the hell you buying tickets for? To come do what? That’s my city. Don’t start nothing, won’t be nothing. Come enjoy the game and take your [butts] home. Ain’t nobody messing with your brother. We come to play basketball.
“They better stay in line and don’t come down there and start trouble. Miami is my city. It’s my city.”