Beloved Warriors Assistant Coach Dejan Milojević Laid to Rest in Native Serbia
Belgrade, Serbia – The basketball world has been deeply saddened by the loss of Golden State Warriors assistant coach Dejan Milojević, who served as a mentor to two-time NBA MVP Nikola Jokić. Milojević was buried Monday in his native Serbia after suffering a heart attack last month.
Hundreds of mourners, including Warriors coach Steve Kerr, general manager Mike Dunleavy Jr., basketball operations consultant Zaza Pachulia, and coach Rick Celebrini, attended the rainy day funeral at a Belgrade cemetery. The Warriors’ staff will not return in time for Monday’s game against the Utah Jazz.
Milojević’s former Serbian teammates covered his flower-covered coffin as a sign of respect. The 46-year-old assistant coach passed away on January 17 in Salt Lake City, where he was hospitalized following a medical emergency during a private team dinner.
His death has sparked an outpouring of sympathy from the basketball community and fans in Serbia, where he was a star player for Partizan Belgrade and other clubs before becoming a coach.
Predrag Danilović, president of the Serbian Basketball Federation, said, “He left us a great basketball player, a great coach and, above all, a great man, a man without a single stain.”
Milojević was in his third season with the Warriors and had previously worked with a young Jokić in Serbia before the star center came to the United States. He also had experience as an assistant coach for the Serbian national team.
He is survived by his wife, Nataša, and his children, Nikola and Maša.
Milojević’s positive energy and mentorship have left a lasting impact on the basketball world, and he will be dearly missed by his colleagues, players, and fans alike.