The Golden State Warriors assistant coach Dejan Milojevic leaves behind his wife, Natasa, and their two kids. The Serbian passed away at age 46 on Wednesday morning after suffering a heart attack on Tuesday night.
The former basketball player, Dejan, spent several years playing and coaching European sides, mainly playing for the teams in Serbia. He was also one of the former coaches of Nikola Jokic.
According to reports, Milojevic suffered a sudden health emergency at Valter’s Osteria, a popular Italian restaurant frequented by NBA players and coaches.
The late Warriors coach’s son, Nikola, had transferred to Hawaii Pacific University earlier this year to further his basketball career. Milojevic also shared a daughter with his wife, Natasa.
Dejan Milojevic Wife Natasa Milojevic And Kids
Dejan Milojevic and his wife, Natasa Milojevic, have been together since their days in Serbia. Last year, in October, Natasa shared photos of her and Dejan enjoying their trip to Yosemite on her Facebook handle.
Most, if not all, of the pictures on Natasa’s Facebook handle are that of her family. Natasa previously lived in Belgrade, Serbia, and probably moved to the US with her family.
Before moving to the US, Natasa, Dejan, and their kids lived for a while in Montenegro. Dejan had spent one season as a coach for the Montenegro club Buduncnost.
Last year, during the off-season, the Milojevic family spent a few weeks in Montenegro, with Natasa having shared a few vacation photos on her social media profile.
Natasa and Dejan shared two kids-Nikola, and Masa Milojevic. Born on December 3, 2001, Nikola is the couple’s oldest child and has followed in his father’s footsteps.
Nikola plays as a guard and completed his high school at Hoosac School. After graduation, Nikola enrolled at Cloud Country, where he played 19 games and averaged 2.16 points and 0.11 assists.
He didn’t play a single game during his sophomore year, and in 2023, he transferred to Hawaii Pacific University. Nikola has started three games in his junior year and averaged 0.7 points and 0.7 rebounds.
Nikola is available on Instagram and has previously shared pictures with Stephen Curry. His latest Instagram story is a tribute to his father.
The youngster shared a black and white image of him and his dad, with the captions, “You were everything to me.”
Masa is Nikola’s younger sister and seems to have kept herself out of social media. The late coach’s daughter can be seen in a few of the photos shared by Natasa.
Remembering Dejan Milojevic And His Legacy
The Serbian basketball coach, Dejan Milojevic, will be fondly remembered by the league and the players whose lives he touched.
One of those players happens to be the two-time MVP player Nikola Jokic. Jokic played under Milojevic at KK Mega Basket in Serbia. The Nuggets star shared a picture of them and captioned the post, “Deki, rest in peace! Condolences to the family.”
A former basketball player, Dejan was a power forward and began his playing career with Beovuk in 1994. He played for the Serbian side for four years before he was traded to KK FMP.
In 2000, Dejan joined the Montenegro team, Buducnost, where he played for another four years before returning to his homeland. Dejan ended his playing career with Galatasaray in 2009, and in 2012, three years later, he began his coaching journey with KK Mega Basket.
Dejan joined Steve Kerr’s side in 2021 as their assistant coach, and it was his first position as a coach in the NBA.
Steve Kerr released a statement on Dejan’s demise, “This is a shocking and tragic blow for everyone associated with the Warriors and an incredibly difficult time for his family, friends, and all of us who had the incredible pleasure to work with him.
He further continued, ” In addition to being a terrific basketball coach, Dejan was one of the most positive and beautiful human beings I have ever known, someone who brought joy and light to every single day with his passion and energy.”