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Steve Kerr, Warriors pay tribute to Dejan Milojevic in first game since assistant coach’s tragic death

The Warriors honored assistant coach Dejan Milojevic on Wednesday, one week after his sudden death.

Facing off against the Hawks in their first game back since Milojevic’s death, Golden State paid tribute to his memory with a series of gestures ahead of the matchup. During warmups, each member of the Dubs’ and Hawks’ playing squads and coaching staffs sported black shirts emblazoned with the word “Brate”, the Serbian word for brother. The shirt also featured a “DM” badge, the same one the Warriors will wear for the remainder of the season.

With Milojevic’s wife and two children watching on, the Warriors played a video showcasing Milojevic’s contributions to the team, both on and off the floor. It featured clips of Steve Kerr, Kevon Looney and Raptors head coach Darko Rajakovic, as well as archival footage of Milojevic.

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The Dubs left Milojevic’s chair open on the bench, covering it with a “Brate” shirt and a white rose.

Kerr led the tribute, calling on the Warriors faithful to honor “Deki” not with a moment of silent, but rather an eruption of noise to celebrate his life.

“Rather than a moment of silence, I’d like for all of us to give Deki an ovation that he can hear up in heaven,” Kerr said.

Standing behind Kerr was Curry and Draymond Green, as well as Hawks representatives — and Milojevic’s countrymen — Igor Kokoskov and Bogdan Bogdanovic. Kokosov was an assistant coach at Partizan Belgrade, while Bogdanovic started his professional career at Partizan. Milojevic was a three-time Adriatic League MVP at Partizan.

There was nary a dry eye in sight. Bogdanovic, Dario Saric and others were visibly emotional as the pregame festivities rolled on. Warriors general manager Mike Dunleavy presented Milojevic’s wife with flowers towards the end of the tribute.

Golden State concluded its ceremony by playing the Serbian national anthem.

As players stripped off their pre-game warmups, they placed their custom “Milojevic” jerseys on Milojevic’s chair, one final tribute to Milojevic, a gentle giant whose influence continues to loom large on the game he loved so.

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