The Golden State Warriors scheduled Friday night game against the Dallas Mavericks has been postponed by the NBA, following the heartbreaking death of Warriors assistant coach Dejan Milojević, who suffered a heart attack at the team’s dinner on Tuesday. It’s the second straight game that has been postponed for the Dubs, after Wednesday’s contest against the Utah Jazz was postponed after news broke that Milojević had been hospitalized.
This is unquestionably the right move for the league. Milojević was adored and respected throughout the league, and the Warriors family is in no place to be focusing on basketball. In addition to the loss that they are all processing, the players and fellow coaches are also dealing with the trauma of being with Milojević when he suffered the heart attack and collapsed.
It is, without a doubt, a clear case of something being more important than basketball, and the league is right to give the Warriors the time and space they need to grieve and process before returning to work without a valued and beloved colleague and family member.
The Dubs will, thankfully, get extended time off. The schedule already featured an ultra-rare four consecutive off days, as their next game isn’t scheduled until Wednesday night against the Atlanta Hawks. It’s important that the team gets those days to mourn, heal, and remember their friend. Basketball can — and should — wait.