Tragedy has struck the Golden State Warriors family, with news that assistant coach Dejan Milojević has died at the age of 46.
On Wednesday morning, it was reported that Milojević had suffered a medical emergency during team dinner on Tuesday night, and was in the hospital. Shortly after, the NBA announced that Wednesday night’s game between the Warriors and Utah Jazz had been postponed.
Late on Wednesday morning, multiple Serbian news outlets reported that Milojević had passed away following a heart attack. Shortly thereafter, the team released a statement confirming the tragic news.
Milojević had a long and incredibly successful basketball career, spending 25 years playing professionally and more than a decade coaching. While serving as the head coach for Serbia’s KK Mega Basket in the Adriatic Basketball Association, Milojević oversaw the development of a young Nikola Jokić. Now a two-time MVP, Jokić has always praised Milojević for the role that the coach played in Jokić’s ascent to stardom. When Milojević joined Mega, the team had only seen one of their players get drafted into the NBA. During his tenure, a staggering 11 players left the team after getting drafted.
Known especially for his development of post players (which he was during his playing days), Milojević joined the Warriors as an assistant coach for the 2021-22 season, his first in the NBA. He helped Kevon Looney make strides on both ends of the court — especially with his offense and passing — and won a championship with the team in 2022.
But of course, these are the moments where we remember that some things are bigger than basketball. While Milojević was a widely respected coach, it’s the work that he did in helping shape the life and character of hundreds of young athletes for which he’ll be remembered. He touched a lot of people’s lives.
Please hold Dejan’s family, especially his wife and two children, in your thoughts today. Rest in peace, coach.