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In character: Nuggets big man Nikola Jokic comes to the game dressed as “Gru” from “Despicable Me”

DENVER – Nikola Jokic arrived in character for a first-round playoff game Saturday night.

That character was ‘Gru’, the main character from the ‘Despicable Me’ films.

Jokic, the two-time NBA MVP for the Denver Nuggets, wore a similar outfit and signature wrap-around striped scarf as “Gru.” It was a hit on social media, with the Nuggets post“Are you going to play basketball or are you going to steal the moon?”

Jokic and the Nuggets opened their title defense against LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers.

The outfit seemed like a tease to his appearance in a Promotion for ‘Despicable Me 4’, where he seeks therapy because the Minions think he is their boss.

In the trailer, Jokic sits on a couch in a suit while talking to a therapist. He explains how everyone thinks he looks like ‘Gru’.

“I thought I looked really good that day. I put on this beautiful suit that says: ‘I mean business,’” Jokic tells the therapist.

“What happened then?” she wonders.

“They say I look like ‘Gru’,” Jokic responds.

“Why does that bother you?” she asks.

“That is not the case,” Jokic emphasizes.

“Then why bring it up? she asks.

“Because they won’t leave me alone,” Jokic says.

Jokic then walks to a window and pulls up an awning, revealing a handful of Minions cheering for “Gru” from outside.

“Guys, I’m not your boss,” Jokic says.

Jokic is certainly the boss on the court for the Nuggets, averaging 26.4 points, 12.4 rebounds and nine assists this season. According to BetMGM Sportsbook, he is the favorite to win a third MVP award. He was the Finals MVP last season as the Nuggets captured their first NBA title in franchise history.

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