Sydney Kings guard Dejan Vasiljevic receives death threats after scoring winner over JackJumpers in NBL grand final series

Sydney Kings guard Dejan Vasiljevic says he received death threats in the wake of his match-winning shot against the Tasmania JackJumpers in Hobart on Sunday.

The Kings have a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five NBL grand final series after Vasiljevic hit a long-range three-pointer with 10 seconds remaining to seal a 90-86 victory in game two.

There was an ugly post-script to the match when some fans turned to social media to abuse Vasiljevic, with the 25-year-old even receiving death threats.

“There were personal jibes and jabs after the game,” Vasiljevic told SEN.

“There were people sliding into my DMs who were sending death threats.

“That’s the life of a professional athlete. We perform and we are able to just walk away from stuff like that.

“I’ll just delete the message, laugh at it, and go about my business.”


Vasiljevic admits he taunted the sold-out crowd after hitting the match-winning shot.

“I probably took it a little too far with the taunting at the end,” Vasiljevic said.

“When you take things a little too personal, then that kind of gets on my nerves.”

The Kings are now one win away from claiming their first title since 2005, with game three to be played in Sydney on Wednesday night.

If the JackJumpers post an upset win in game three, they will host game four in Hobart on Friday.

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