Immediately before the start of the match with Indiana, one hour after midnight, Nikola Vučević found out that he became an All-Star Player. The lights of the basketball stage turned to the Montenegrin ace, who, as the moment when the leaders of the club Joel Glass and George Galante told him the news, looked at his parents in the stands and sent them a sign: "I succeeded".
His teammates and coach Clifford were the first to congratulate him, and after the game he congratulated them.
"It's clear that I've succeeded, but my team helped me. I started the season well, and the teammates and coaches have pushed me forward every day to play even better. As much as this is an individual prize, it is also for the team. I'm proud to represent the whole organization and my teammates," said Vučević.
In the first match as All-Star player, he scored 17 points and had 10 rebounds, and Orlando defeated Indiana 107:100.
"A million emotions have passed through me, but I'm glad it was all known before the start. I could focus on playing well, and the win by my team made this night even more special."
Vučević was chosen by coaches from NBA clubs.
"I think this is very important because they are the ones you play against every night and know how much you can perform. Their choice means a lot to me," he said.
After the match, his teammates prepared a surprise in the dressing room - cold water and ice welcomed their All-Star guy.
"It was a bit cold, but I survived, and their joy for me shows what kind of relationship there is between us," said the 28-year-old player from Bar.
"He is my friend the best Center of the East. I'm happy for him," said Evan Fournier.
Text by Vijesti sport, on February 1st, 2019, read more at Vijesti