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“Nikola Jokic’s music gave me a headache”: Austin Rivers hilariously reacts to the Nuggets MVP’s peculiar taste in workout music

Samir Mehdi

“Nikola Jokic’s music gave me a headache”: Austin Rivers hilariously reacts to the Nuggets MVP’s peculiar taste in workout music

Austin Rivers releases a throwback video of himself hilariously claiming that Nikola Jokic’s music taste gives him a headache. 

The Denver Nuggets, as valiantly as they have been keeping their heads above water without Jamal Murray, have fallen 0-2 to the Phoenix Suns in the second round of the Playoffs. With Nikola Jokic finally having found his match down-low in this postseason in the form of DeAndre Ayton, the Mile High City representatives have the odds stacked against them. 

On the bright side however, Nikola Jokic has made history with the Nuggets as he became the lowest drafted player in the history of the NBA to win league MVP honors. Rightfully so, as he had arguably one of the greatest offensive seasons for a center throughout the 70+ years of the league.

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It gets even more surprising when you factor in the fact that the ‘Joker’ barely works out; at least, not as intensely as you would think a league MVP would. This is in regards to the weight room of course as it’s very clear from his play that he spends hours on the basketball court perfecting his craft. 

Austin Rivers says Nikola Jokic’s taste in music gives him a headache. 

Whatever little time Nikola Jokic does spend in the weight room, he does so by blasting music that isn’t all too conventional when it comes to hyping yourself up to reach a new max set of reps. Instead of playing, say, Future or ASAP Rocky, the 2021 MVP insists on listening to music from his home country, with the genre coming under ‘Balkan’. 

Austin Rivers, a man who grew up in the United States, was not feeling Jokic’s taste in music as he would most probably prefer music more to the tune of the aforementioned artists. So, he took to his Instagram stories to post a throwback to Jokic playing his music and hilariously claimed it gave him a headache.

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It’s safe to say that if Nikola Jokic drops 35 points and dishes out 8 assists a night while listening to music as happy as this, there’s no telling what he would average if he were to listen to traditional ‘hype’ songs.

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Samir Mehdi

Samir Mehdi


Samir Mehdi is a senior strategist for the NBA division at The Sportsrush. Ever since he was 13 years old, he’s been obsessed with the game of basketball. From watching Kobe Bryant’s highlights on YouTube to now, analyzing and breaking down every single game on League Pass, Samir’s passion for the game is unwavering. He's a complete basketball junkie who not only breaks down current games but also keenly watches ones from the 60s’ and 70s’ while also reading comprehensive books on the history of the league. Samir’s life revolves around basketball and he hopes that shows in his work. Aside from work, he loves to spend time in the gym and with his friends at social gatherings.

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