Report: Warriors to hire Jokic's former Serbian coach

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Some news related to the Warriors' coaching staff surfaced Tuesday morning.

Golden State is hiring Dejan Milojevic, according to a report from Vijesti in Montenegro.

It's unclear if Milojevic is replacing Jarron Collins on the front of the bench, or if he is joining the franchise in another capacity.

The 44-year-old coached Denver Nuggets big man Nikola Jokic in Serbia for a couple years before the 2020-21 NBA MVP came over to the United States.

"Like Jokic, Milojevic was once a Serbian center, a rugged, undersized big man whose deft skills and tenacity on the glass earned him the nickname 'The Serbian [Charles] Barkley,' " ESPN's Jackie MacMullan wrote in September 2020. "He was a sturdy player who lifted weights in his kitchen. He was not averse to mixing it up on the court should a physical presence be required.

"Milojevic was known for his exceptional footwork, a skill that he passed along to Jokic. 'I showed him some things and after a week, he had already passed me in ability.' "

Milojevic this season was the head coach of a team based in Podgorica, Montenegro.

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