Warriors honor assistant coach Dejan Milojević in 1st game back since his passing

ByJ.R. Stone and Lena Howland KGO logo
Thursday, January 25, 2024
Warriors to honor assistant coach Dejan Milojević in first game back
In what will be an emotional night, the Warriors plan to honor Coach Deki with a special ceremony as they wear his initials on their jerseys for the rest of the season.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- His name was Dejan Milojevic. Many called him Deki.

He was a Golden State Warriors assistant coach that you might not have ever heard of, but he was someone who meant the world to a lot of people.

The video in the media player above is from a previous report.

"It's a fun job, I really love my job," Milojevic can be heard saying on a video that played before the game.

Wednesday night, the Golden State Warriors held a ceremony at Chase Center before their game against the Hawks to remember 46-year-old Deki, who died after suffering a heart attack.

VIDEO: Warriors assistant coach Dejan Milojevi dies at 46 from heart attack

Golden State Warriors assistant coach Dejan Milojević, 46, has died from a heart attack at a restaurant in Salt Lake City.

It was the teams first game since Milojevic died. The previous two were postponed.

"The world lost a beautiful soul last week," said Steve Kerr to the crowd.

Players wore jerseys with their number on it and the Milojevic last name on the back.

Others wore black shirts that said 'Brate,' which means 'brother' in Serbian.

Dejan was from Belgrade, Serbia and was in his third season as an assistant coach with the Warriors.

"It's very emotional, just to walk into the building on a game night without Deki and obviously we're all wearing our shirts and there are images of him with his ever-present smile, and it's very emotional because it's all still very raw and very surreal," said coach Kerr

Milojevic's family was in the crowd during the ceremony.

As Warriors GM Mike Dunleavy gave his wife flowers, she cried.

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An empty seat with a flower and shirt was left for Dejan.

Instead of a moment of silence -

"I'd like for all of us to give Deki an ovation that he can hear up in heaven," said Kerr.

The crowd then responded with a standing ovation.

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