Nuggets center Nikola Jokic is the Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi of the NBA. This according to Bill Walton, who made the strange comparison during an interview with Nick Kosmider of The Athletic.
“He’s a beautiful player who plays a mental game. He has what seems to have been lost in the world, which is peripheral vision. When you walk down the street in life, when you drive a car in life, when you ride a bike in the world on a street, it is staggering the lack of peripheral vision. But Nikola Jokic is the antidote to so many of our problems in the world.
“When you see someone like a Nelson Mandela or a Martin Luther King or a Mahatma Gandhi, someone who sees the future before anyone else does, knows how to get to where they need to be, where they want to be, that is Nikola Jokic. Happiness begins when selfishness ends. In a game that has been taken over by incessant dribbling for yourself, Nikola Jokic is such a breath of fresh air. And it’s his imagination. Watching him play basketball is like watching Bob Dylan come up with a song.”
If you say so Bill. We’ll take your word for it. Just never stop talking, we need all of your thoughts on tape for generations to come.