Miami Heat Veteran Defends Nikola Jokic Following Fight Against Markieff Morris

Published 11/10/2021, 9:21 PM EST
Nov 8, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone pulls center Nikola Jokic (15) away from a scrum in the fourth quarter against the Miami Heat at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports


Reigning MVP, Nikola Jokic continues to play at a top level this season as well. But he is set to miss the next encounter against the Indiana Pacers. This is because of a one game suspension post his ugly incident with Markieff Morris. However, a Miami Heat player believes he isn’t a bad person.

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Jokic is one of the best big men in the league. By far the best passing big man in NBA history, he continues to grow after his MVP season. Even against the Heat, he went head-on against Jimmy Butler. Joker finished the game with 25 points, 15 rebounds, and 10 assists. Despite this performance, his shove on Markieff is taking more notice.

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Recently, NBA veteran Udonis Haslem spoke about the incident involving Jokic and Morris.

Udonis Haslem loves Nikola Jokic

A few days after the incident, Haslem broke his silence on the whole fiasco and surprisingly supported the Joker. He agreed that he doesn’t feel like Jokic was trying to hurt anyone. Furthermore, the wise NBA champion also expressed that it was just emotions that got the best of him that night against Morris.

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The 41-YO detailed: “Looking at it a day or two later, I wish it wouldn’t have gone down the way it went down. But I don’t think he’s a bad guy, nor do I think he’s a dirty player. I’m also a guy who has definitely let emotions get the best of me sometimes. But I never hit nobody in the back, and I think that’s where it got a little murky. But I don’t think he’s a bad guy, and I don’t think he meant to hurt anybody. We don’t hold grudges, so it’s time to move on.”

Nov 8, 2021; Nikola Jokic (15) reacts on the bench after a play in the fourth quarter against the Miami Heat at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The whole incident did paint Jokic in the bad light. However, immediately after the game, The Joker admitted he shouldn’t have reacted that way. Certainly, the league MVP knows what he did was not good, and he didn’t mean to cause any harm. He said all he wanted was to protect himself, but in the moment he reacted too harshly.

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With the way things took place in the game, who do you think was at fault? Let us know in the comments below

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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