The Golden State Warriors community is mourning the loss of assistant coach Dejan Milojević, who tragically passed away at the age of 46. The team announced on Wednesday that Milojević suffered a heart attack during a team dinner in Utah on Tuesday and despite efforts to save him, he passed away on Wednesday morning.

The news of Milojević’s sudden passing has left the Warriors organization devastated. Head coach Steve Kerr expressed his shock and sadness in a team statement, saying, “We are absolutely devastated by Dejan’s sudden passing. This is a shocking and tragic blow for everyone associated with the Warriors and an incredibly difficult time for his family, friends, and all of us who had the incredible pleasure of working with him.”

Milojević was not only known for his basketball coaching skills but also for his positive and joyful personality. Kerr described him as one of the most positive and beautiful human beings he had ever known, someone who brought joy and light to every single day with his passion and energy.

The loss of Milojević is deeply felt by his wife, Natasa, and their children, Nikola and Masa. The Warriors organization joins them in their grief, acknowledging that their loss is unfathomable.

The NBA responded to the tragic situation by postponing the Warriors’ game against the Utah Jazz, which was scheduled to take place on Wednesday in Salt Lake City. The decision was made to prioritize the well-being of the team and allow the staff to be with Milojević during this difficult time.

Reports indicate that Warriors staff members stayed at the hospital late into the night on Tuesday and returned on Wednesday to be with Milojević. The outpouring of support from the basketball community has been overwhelming, with players, coaches, and fans expressing their condolences and sharing memories of Milojević.

Milojević’s basketball journey began in Serbia, where he developed a passion for the sport. He had a successful 14-year professional playing career, playing in various countries such as Serbia, Spain, Montenegro, and Turkey. Unfortunately, knee issues forced him to retire in 2009.

However, Milojević’s love for the game led him to a coaching career. He started coaching overseas in 2012 and continued until 2021 when he joined Steve Kerr’s staff with the Golden State Warriors. Prior to his time with the Warriors, Milojević also served as an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs in 2017 and the Houston Rockets in 2018.

Dejan Milojević’s passing is a tremendous loss for the basketball community. His dedication to the sport, positive attitude, and impact on those around him will always be remembered. The Warriors and the entire NBA family mourn the loss of a beloved coach and extend their deepest sympathies to his family during this incredibly difficult time.

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