The Golden State Warriors are mourning the sudden loss of assistant coach Dejan Milojević, who has tragically passed away at the age of 46 after suffering a heart attack. The Serbian coach, known for his work with star centers, died on Wednesday in a Salt Lake City hospital, according to multiple sources.
Milojević was dining with the team in Salt Lake City when he experienced a medical emergency. Despite the quick response of medical personnel, Milojević succumbed to his condition the following morning.
His sudden death has sent shockwaves through the basketball community, which hailed Milojević as a respected figure known for his passion for the game and his dedication to his players.
"Dejan was an integral part of our coaching staff, and his passion for the game was infectious," said a Warriors spokesperson in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time."
The NBA postponed the Warriors' game against the Utah Jazz, which was scheduled for Wednesday night, out of respect for Milojević and his significant contributions to the sport. A moment of silence was held in arenas across the country to honor the beloved coach's memory.
Before joining the Warriors, Milojević had a successful career in Europe, where he was recognized as one of the top coaches in the EuroLeague. His move to the NBA allowed him to share his expert knowledge and unique coaching style on a larger stage, significantly impacting the careers of many players.
The loss of Milojević is a significant blow to the Warriors and the broader basketball community. As the team grapples with this tragedy, tributes continue to pour in from across the league, reflecting the deep respect and admiration that so many held for the accomplished coach.