Golden State Warriors assistant coach Dejan Milojevic, aged 46, tragically passed away after suffering a heart attack during a team dinner in Salt Lake City. Despite efforts to save him, Milojevic's death was confirmed by the Warriors on Wednesday morning.
Head coach Steve Kerr expressed deep sorrow, describing Milojevic as a positive and beautiful person who brought joy to every day with his passion. Milojevic, born in Belgrade, joined the Warriors in 2021 and was part of the coaching staff that secured the NBA title in 2022.
The sudden loss of Milojevic, a beloved figure, has devastated the Warriors, with NBA commissioner Adam Silver noting his impact as a beloved colleague and friend in the global basketball community. Milojevic, a former professional player who spent 14 years with the Serbia national team, became its assistant coach in December 2019.
Before joining the Warriors, he served as the head coach of KK Buducnost in the Adriatic League in Montenegro. The NBA postponed the Warriors' game against the Utah Jazz following Milojevic's medical emergency, and tributes were paid across the league during Wednesday's games.
Scheduled to face the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday, the Warriors mourn the loss of Milojevic and extend condolences to his wife, Natasa, and their children, Nikola and Masa, acknowledging the unfathomable nature of their grief. Steve Kerr emphasized the positive impact Milojevic had on everyone around him, making his passing a shocking and tragic blow to the Warriors organization and the broader basketball community.