Steve Carell Reacts to Nuggets Star Nikola Jokic’s Gru’s Impersonation

American comedian Steve Carell, the voice behind “Despicable Me” mastermind villain Gru, was impressed with Denver Nuggets superstar Nikola Jokic‘s impersonation of the character in the movie’s promo teaser and his tunnel walk during the NBA Playoffs.

“Pretty good,” Carell told Extra TV when asked about Jokic’s Gru impression during the Despicable Me 4 red carpet. “I think he nailed it completely. Good for him. I give him high marks for that.”

Steve Carell is asked about Jokic wearing the Gru threads to Ball Arena. pic.twitter.com/AvQqix2z61

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Jokic, wearing a suit close to the “Despicable Me” villain’s outfit, starred in the movie teaser blurting out, “They say I look like Gru” as the Minions followed him wherever he went.

The three-time NBA MVP ended the funny teaser ad by telling the Minions, “Guys, I’m not your boss!”

“They say I look like Gru”

Nikola Jokić can’t escape the Minions in a new teaser for Despicable Me 4. pic.twitter.com/VLTNTT777E

— Rotten Tomatoes (@RottenTomatoes) April 20, 2024

Jokic had so much fun playing Gru’s character that he followed up the movie teaser with his tunnel walk wearing a complete outfit of the “Despicable Me” character including his signature striped scarf.

Dude I’m fucking crying Jokic is going all in with the Despicable Me promo.

He hates shit like this so you just know they gave him a hefty bag. pic.twitter.com/wkEFDsW0jm

— 🇵🇷 (@iLuvGothChicks) April 20, 2024

“I love Gru, love the guy and love the cartoon,” Jokic said after his tunnel walk. “And why not just have a little bit of fun, too?”

Nikola Jokic “I love Gru, love the guy and love the cartoon.” pic.twitter.com/w8aSifjtjM

— Jake Shapiro (@Shapalicious) April 21, 2024

Jokic’s goofy personality made his Gru impersonation authentic which endeared him more to NBA and movie fans.

The Nuggets star continues to have fun this offseason, reveling in his home country Serbia to forget about their second-round playoff loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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— The Gentlemen (@AyrtonLegend) June 12, 2024

Nikola Jokic’s Backup is Nuggets’ Top Offseason Priority

The Nuggets’ failure to defend the title was attributed largely to their lack of depth.

Denver was outscored by 20.1 points per 100 possessions in the playoffs when Jokic was off the court, per Basketball Reference.

The Nuggets’ top priority is to add a capable backup center to ease the burden on Jokic.

Bleacher Report’s Greg Swartz named four-time NBA rebounding champion Andre Drummond as the Nuggets’ dream free agency target.

“Andre Drummond and Jokić are completely different players, but Drummond might be the best that Denver can afford with only veteran-minimum contracts to offer,” Swartz wrote.

“Drummond’s rebounding remains elite. If he had played enough minutes to qualify, his rebound rate of 29.3 percent not only would have led the NBA, it would have topped Jusuf Nurkić by a whopping 6.5 percentage points. The gap between Drummond and Nurkić was roughly the same as Nurkić and Bobby Portis, who finished 25th on the league leaderboard.”

Bleacher Report’s salary cap expert Eric Pincus projected Drummond to get “a slight raise in the $5-8 million range if a team needs what he has to offer.”

Nikola Jokic on Track to Sign First $400M Deal

With the NBA Salary cap about to spike with a new TV deal, Jokic has a chance to sign the NBA’s first $400 million contract in 2028, per Bleacher Report’s Bryan Toporek.

“Jokić is under guaranteed contract through 2026-27, and he has a $62.8 million player option in 2027-28,” Toporek wrote on May 23. “If he turned down that player option, he’d be eligible for the same five-year, $381 million extension that Shai Gilgeous-Alexander can potentially sign in 2026-27.

In the unlikely event that Jokić picks up his 2027-28 player option, he could sign the NBA’s first $400 million contract. 2028-29: $72,253,335 2029-30: $78,033,602 2030-31: $83,813,869 2031-32: $89,594,135 2032-33: $95,374,402 Total: $419,069,343.”

 

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