Every NBA defender dreads the thought of being posterized or having their ankles broken during a game, as it assures that they will become the subject of ridiculing memes, savage tweets, and maybe even earn them a spot on ESPN’s Not Top 10. However, Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokić learned that sometimes these embarrassing moments can even happen during practice when he decided to go one-on-one against teammate Isaiah Thomas’ five-year-old son Jaiden. And it did not go well for Jokić.
As the hilarious video shows, Jaiden pulls off a classic nutmeg in order to streak by Jokić and finish with an uncontested shot at the basket for an easy two points. And for anyone not familiar with the NBA, Jokić is certainly not a benchwarmer. In fact, he’s widely considered one of the best centers in the league and is a top-notch defender who tends to dominate anyone who tries to take him on in the paint. Unfortunately for Jokić, Jaiden was already to the paint scoring the easy points before the Serbian superstar even knew what was happening thanks to a perfectly executed nutmeg.
IT’s son did Jokic dirty ????
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 4, 2018
Unsurprisingly, the video quickly made the rounds online, getting more than 7750,000 views on Twitter. Isaiah Thomas was in full proud dad mode as he retweeted the video with the caption: “runs in the family lol.” While Jaiden is still a ways away from getting to step onto an NBA court during a game, given his level of skill, don’t be surprised if, in the future, he is nutmegging opponents on the big stage.
Runs in the family lol https://t.co/r8mcXU8WtJ
— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) November 4, 2018