City of Salt LakeThe Utah State Warriors have announced that Dejan Milojevi, their assistant coach, passed unexpectedly late on Wednesday morning at a Salt Lake City hospital following a medical emergency on Tuesday night.
The Golden State Warriors assistant coach Dejan Milojevi was admitted to the hospital in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, according to a statement released by the organization. On Tuesday night, the coach experienced a medical issue.
The Warriors PR social media account posted an update on X at 12:24 p.m., revealing that he passed away late on Wednesday morning.
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Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) January 17, 2024
The abrupt loss of Dejan has left us completely devastated, added Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr in the statement. For everyone connected to the Warriors, this is a surprising and tragic blow. His family, friends, and all of us who had the great pleasure of working with him are going through a very trying time. Dejan was not just an amazing basketball coach but also one of the most optimistic and lovely people I have ever met. His enthusiasm and drive made every day brighter and happier. We are in deep sorrow for his spouse, Natasa, as well as their offspring, Nikola and Masa. Their loss is incomprehensible.
The urgency of the situation led to the NBA postponing Wednesday’s Warriors vs. Utah Jazz game. A new date has not yet been set by the league.
The only information the Warriors shared about the situation was that Milojevi had it during a private team dinner. It was claimed by a number of European media outlets—including those from Serbia, where Milojevi was born—that the problem was cardiac in nature.
The 46-year-old Milojevi helped the Warriors win the 2022 NBA title during his three seasons with the team. He coached in Serbia and Montenegro prior to joining the Warriors, where he got the chance to work with a young Nikola Jokic, who has now grown to be a well-known NBA player. Milojevi also worked as the Serbian national team’s assistant coach.
Milojevi played Summer League for Atlanta, San Antonio, and Houston, gaining experience in the NBA. He had an incredible 14-year career as a player, winning the Adriatic League MVP award three times.
Tickets purchased for Wednesday’s game will still be valid for entry on the rescheduled date, which will be disclosed.
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