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Well Wishes for Nurkic From Nuggets Fans

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Adam Mares from sister-site Denver Stiffs writes about Nurkic’s injury and when to set aside grievances.

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Sometimes it takes bad news to put things into perspective. Even in the sports world.

Jusuf Nurkic is, putting it gently, not universally beloved by fans of his old team, the Denver Nuggets. But Adam Mares of Denver Stiffs writes that, when terrible injuries strike, it’s time to set aside differences:

But in the immediate milliseconds following Nurkic’s injury, any Nuggets fan worth their salt was confronted with the realization that Nurkic wasn’t an enemy, he was just a competitor. Now he’ll be taken away from the game for awhile and we’re all worse off for it, even us Nuggets fans.

So let those feelings of sadness and horror linger. They offer an opportunity to reflect on why we love sports, not out of ressentiment but for the joy that we get out of hoping to see greatness.

Juka is too good of a player and too good of a “villain” to be kept down for long. So here’s to a full and speedy recovery.

Nurkic had surgery today to repair a broken fibula and tibia in his left leg. A return timetable has not been determined.