The Trail Blazers have weathered the storm created by Jusuf Nurkic’s absence due to injury. Despite losing the linchpin to its defense, Portland has pushed its way to Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals. Regardless of the gruesome nature of his injury, it is clear that Nurkic yearns to join his teammates on the court.
After securing a victory in Game 6, Zac Al-Khateeb of Sporting News captured a quote from Damian Lillard that encapsulated Nurkic’s desire to get back on the court. According to Lillard, the Bosnian Beast told him he is willing to risk re-injuring himself for chance to face his former team.
“Today was actually the first time that he said to me when I was sitting next to him on the bench, he said, ‘Man I wish I could play with my broken leg. I would go out there right now and get hurt again if I could,’” Lillard said during the postgame news conference. “And I was like, ‘This dude is crazy.’”
Here is a video of Lillard’s response after the game (via Bleacher Report).
“I wish I could play with my broken leg. I would go out there right now and get hurt again if I could.”— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 10, 2019
Dame tells story of what Nurkic said to him on the bench during Game 6 pic.twitter.com/kJK1qKoPT7
A return at this point in his recovery isn’t based in reality for Nurkic, but you have to give props to the big fella’s heart.