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Remembering Brate 'Deki'

Warriors Celebrate and Honor Assistant Coach Dejan 'Deki' Milojević

The Warriors were back at practice on Monday, but it was hardly business as usual as the team continues to mourn the death of assistant coach Dejan 'Deki' Milojević.

A former star player and standout coach in Europe, Milojević was in the middle of his third season on the Warriors’ coaching staff when he suffered a heart attack on Tuesday night at a private team dinner in Salt Lake City. Despite life-saving efforts, Milojević — a beloved coach, husband, father and friend – passed away on Wednesday.

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“Heartbreaking, devastating, it’s the saddest thing I’ve ever been a part of in the NBA," Head Coach Steve Kerr said.

Milojević carried an infectious positive attitude and contagious smile, so much so that Kerr referred to Deki as "one of the most positive and beautiful human beings" he has ever known.

"Everyone was affected by his passing, but he was extremely close to Loon and Dario," Kerr said.

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"There's a whole different vibe in practice not having him here," Looney said following the team's first practice five days after the tragedy. "He was an integral part of our team and my day-to-day routine."

With the Warriors, Milojević became the second Serbian assistant coach to win an NBA championship (joining Igor Kokoškov, 2004; San Antonio Spurs) and played a vital role in Looney grabbing a league-leading 274 offensive rebounds in the 2022-23 season.

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Since the tragedy, Šarić has supported Milojević's family, including his wife Natasha and two kids, Masha and Nikola.

“Dario was a superstar, the way he looked after Decki’s family, wife and kids," Kerr said. "He was closer to him than anybody and he’s suffering but also looking after his family."

Šarić viewed Milojević like family, sharing in a social media post that he "felt like he was his big brother."

Rookie Brandin Podziemski also took to social media to share the life-changing impact Milojević had.

The Warriors practiced Monday wearing special 'Brate' shirts to honor Deki. Brate means brother in Serbian and that is how Deki referred to everyone on the team. The shirts also donned a heart over where their hearts would be on the shirt with his initials (DM).

Milojević has been honored worldwide, including by the teams he coached and played for in the ABA Liga in Europe. During practice, the Warriors watched a passionate celebration in which both teams' fanbases loudly and proudly chanted his name.

The Dubs plan to further honor Milojević during Wednesday's game against the Hawks and the team will carry his legacy with them throughout the remainder of the season.