The Jokić Brothers: Everything About Nikola, Strahinja and Nemanja

Basketball is a shared passion for brothers Nikola, Strahinja, and Nemanja Jokić.

Raised by their father, Branislav, an agricultural engineer, in Sombor, Serbia, family always took precedence.

Nikola, drafted by the Denver Nuggets in 2014, achieved NBA success, winning the 2023 Championship and various awards.

Despite his basketball accomplishments, Nikola emphasizes the importance of family over the sport.

This article delves into the Jokić brothers’ journey from their Serbian hometown to Nikola’s NBA career in the U.S.

An image of the Jokić Brothers: Nikola, Strahinja and Nemanja
The Jokić Brothers: Nikola, Strahinja and Nemanja.
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Jokić Brothers grew up together in Serbia

During their upbringing in Sombor, the Jokić brothers, along with their parents and grandmother, resided in a compact apartment that frequently accommodated extended family.

Nikola reminisced about the bustling household in an essay, highlighting the lively atmosphere shared with brothers and cousins.

In a Sports Illustrated interview, he disclosed the competitive dynamics, citing a daring incident involving his older brother Strahinja throwing knives around his head, showcasing the spirited and occasionally intense nature of their relationship.

Strahinja Jokić

Born in 1982, Strahinja Jokic, the eldest of the three Jokic brothers, shares a passion for basketball with his younger MVP sibling, Nikola Jokić.

Standing tall at 6’8, Strahinja played basketball in Europe for most of his life and became the inspiration behind Nikola’s NBA journey.

Although not as skilled as Nikola, Strahinja’s intense aversion to losing made a lasting impact.

With a playstyle reminiscent of Kendrick Perkins, Strahinja’s animated support during Nikola’s games mirrored their father’s passionate demeanor.

Despite being a fervent supporter, Strahinja also faced legal troubles in 2019 when he was arrested on suspicion of assault.

Charged with second-degree assault and other offenses, he ultimately pled guilty to a misdemeanor count of obstruction of phone service and felony trespassing, receiving a deferred sentence with the dismissal of other charges.

Nemanja Jokić

Born in 1984, Nemanja Jokic is the second oldest among three brothers and shared a basketball background in his youth.

Despite standing at 6’6, the shortest of the trio, he emerged as the first successful basketball player among them.

Nemanja played Division I basketball at the University of Detroit Mercy, maintaining averages of 3.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game during his tenure as a Titan.

His athletic pursuits expand beyond basketball, with Nemanja establishing himself as a professional fighter in MMA starting in 2019.

While he has not recently entered the ring, Nemanja holds an impressive undefeated record of 3-0, securing all victories through knockouts.



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Nikola and Strahinja always have Nikola’s Back

Strahinja and Nemanja Jokic gained attention in 2021 when a video of them being restrained by Nuggets security guards went viral.

This incident occurred during Game 4 of the Suns-Nuggets series when Nikola Jokic was ejected for a flagrant 2 foul on Cameron Payne.

After the ejection, Suns player Devin Booker confronted Nikola, leading Strahinja and Nemanja to almost rush onto the court in defense of their younger brother.

Fortunately, Denver’s security successfully intervened and prevented the Jokic brothers from reaching the court.

Strahinja and Nemanja went viral for their confrontation with the Morris brothers

In 2021, Strahinja and Nemanja established a Twitter(X) account specifically to address tweets from the Morris twins, then playing for the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Clippers.

The catalyst was a game where Markieff Morris, playing for the Heat, made a hard foul on Nikola Jokic, resulting in Nikola shoving Markieff in the back.

An image of Markieff Morris defending Nikola Jokic
Markieff Morris defends against Nikola Jokic in 2018.

This led to an on-court altercation between the teams.

Nikola received a one-game suspension, and Markieff was fined $50,000. Markieff suffered whiplash and couldn’t play for four months.

Marcus Morris Sr., Markieff’s brother on the Clippers, commented on the incident via X. In response, Strahinja and Nemanja, defending their brother, replied, “You should leave this the way it is instead of publicly threatening our brother! Your brother made a dirty play first.

If you want to make a step further, be sure we will be waiting for you!” The tweet has since been deleted.

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