The Trail Blazers re-united the center rotation of Jusuf Nurkic and Enes Kanter for the 2020-21 season. The duo’s work was cut short in the second half of the 2018-19 season after Nurkic suffered a gruesome leg injury that removed him from the court for over a year. Kanter, following his role in the Blazers’ march to the 2019 Western Conference Finals, departed Portland for Boston in free agency. This year, Nurkic and Kanter appear to be focused on making up for lost time with hard work and communication in practice.
The Oregonian’s Aaron Fentress highlighted Nurkic’s mentor-like role in a recent feature. In the story, Fentress spoke with Kanter about the bond that he shares with Nurkic upon his return to Portland.
“He always tries to help me because obviously, after I left, some of the sets, some of the plays changed, so he’s always trying to communicate with me,” Kanter said. “So, it’s for sure a blessing to have him on my side.”
Kanter also explained that facing Nurkic in practice is an added bonus for game preparation.
“It’s good for me in practice when you go against a guy like Nurkic,” Kanter said. “The game becomes so easy because Nurk — he can pretty much do everything.”
You can read the full story from Fentress at Oregon Live.