Mar 7 • 1HR 7M

HoS Pod: Adam Mares takes us into the Nikolaverse

The King of DNVR Sports on being big in Serbia, Nikola Jokic origins, MVP debate

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I’ve long admired Adam Mares, a force behind DNVR Sports. What is DNVR, you ask? I’d say it’s a local sports site empire that’s spun its popularity off into, among other things, a Sports Bar. Not many in media have the vision or hustle to pull off what Adam’s done, let alone in a smaller market, replete with transplants. The guy just manifests.

Among other big projects, Adam recently trekked out to Serbia to film an excellent documentary on the complicated origins of Nuggets superstar Nikola Jokic. We discuss all this and much more. The pod talk includes, but is not limited to:

  • How did Adam find this burgeoning niche?

  • What was it like to discover that you’re a bigger deal in Serbia than in Denver?

  • There’s a Serbian word that’s difficult to translate and it’s the skeleton key to understanding Jokic and their sports culture in general

  • What’s going on with all the allegations of racial bias within the critique of Jokic’s third straight bid for MVP?

  • Is the media biased towards Jokic? If not, was it biased towards Steve Nash for a different reason?

  • Did the media apply a different standard to Giannis Antetokounmpo’s bid for a 3rd MVP? Is that wrong?