Despite the fact that their team, the San Antonio Spurs, are down 3-2 in the Western conference semi-finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder, and that they are facing the elimination, the Spurs fans have found something positive to cheer about.
Everyone is crazy about Boban Marjanovic, the Serbian international who is playing his first year in the NBA. With 7'3" and an unmistakable face, the gigantic Spurs rookie has become the crowds’ favorite overnight.
Marjanovic, 28, has previously played in Europe for Euroleague teams Red Star Belgrade and CSKA Moscow. His most notable season came while playing for the Red Star Belgrade in season 2014-2015. He was one of the best players on the team as he was selected to the All-Euroleague First Team, after averaging 16.6 ppg and 10.7 rpg, helping his team reach the Top 16 stage of Euroleage. He has also helped his team win the ABA league in the same season, in which he was named the MVP of the ABA League playoffs. On June 2015, Marjanovic was named also the MVP of the Serbian Super League, after his team won the competition.
On July 17, 2015, Marjanovic signed 1-year deal with the San Antonio Spurs worth $1.2 mil. In 54 games played of the regular season, Marjanovic averaged 5.5 ppg and 3.6 rpg in 9.4 mpg. Although, these numbers are not quite impressive, Marjanovic still became the crowds’ favorite and are going absolutely nuts about him.
“Bobbymania“ is taking over Texas. During a recent soccer game, 10.000 fans started calling Bobans name, after they noticed him in the crowd. Many fans and the Spurs supporters are wearing the jerseys with the #40 on the back. During the Spurs games, there are „FROM SERBIA WITH LOVE“ signs all over the place, and just recently some of the Spurs cheerleaders have shown love for Bobby over the social media, wearing his jersey.
But the biggest sign of how popular Bobby is, comes from a restaurant called „Everyone Loves Raymonds“, who recently started making „Boban burgers“. The owner of the restaurant Raymond Diaz, has decided to invent a new product for his customers, and since Boban is becoming more popular each day, he came up with the idea to serve „Boban burgers“.
„Boban burger is pretty massive. This is our new product, since Marjanovic is the new crowds’ favorite. All of the ingredients are of our production, and we are very proud of that. The burger is a little bit bigger than usual, but so is Marjanovic as well,“ Diaz concluded.
The „BOBBYMANIA“ is spreading around the NBA like some virus, and we can only hope that Bobby sticks around for couple of more season and helps the Spurs win some titles. Considering this is Bobans first year in the league, and the fact that he already has proven he can play some big minute, we can be sure that his performances will be better and his minutes will increase in the upcoming seasons.
Words By: Admir Aljic