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Nikola Jokic casually rides horse-drawn chariot (photo)

Nuggets star Nikola Jokic and horse

BELGRADE, SERBIA - JUNE 23: Serbian professional basketball player Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets leads his horse to the stable area after the race at Beogradski hipodrom on June 23, 2019 in Belgrade, Serbia. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

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Nikola Jokic in the last year contracted coronavirus, led the Nuggets to a surprising conference finals run in the bubble, had a historically short offseason, played all 72 regular-season games this season, won MVP and led Denver to a first-round upset of the Trail Blazers.

Now, he’s back in his native Serbia with what he loves most – horses.

Jokic also announced he won’t play for Serbia in its Olympic Qualifying Tournament – obviously a major blow to that country’s chances of reaching the Tokyo Games. Serbia is hosting an OQT and was favored to win it.

The Serbians’ second-best player, Bogdan Bogdanovic, might also be unavailable for the OQT that begins June 29. His Hawks are close to advancing to the Eastern Conference finals.