Nikola Jokic out for Serbia in Fiba World Cup in Manila
MANILA, Philippines—Serbian superstar Nikola Jokic will miss the upcoming Fiba World Cup in Manila.
Jokic, the two-time NBA MVP, begged off from playing for Serbia in World Cup set to tip off next month.
According to a report by Mozzart Sport, Jokic will take time off in the summer to rest in preparation for the next NBA season.
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Jokic was coming off a grueling NBA campaign, leading the Denver Nuggets to their first-ever championship.
Fellow NBA veteran Bogdan Bogdanovic also tried to convince Jokic to reconsider his decision but to no avail.
Aside from Jokic, Barcelona star Nikola Kalinic and Vasilije Milicic were also not included in the 20-man World Cup pool released by Serbia on Monday.