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Jusuf Nurkic Has Choice Words For Kendrick Perkins

The Portland center laid into the ESPN analyst after the win over the Nuggets.

Denver Nuggets v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Four Photo by Cameron Browne/NBAE via Getty Images

Jusuf Nurkic had some words for NBA analyst and championship center Kendrick Perkins after the Portland Trail Blazers made easy work of the Denver Nuggets in Game Four. Post game, Nurkic called the ESPN commentator a “clown” who would be a “mascot in today’s NBA” following a Perkins tweet questioning Nurkic and Enes Kanter’s defensive acumen after Game 3.

“I don’t know if I can talk about defense, some guy, clown out there saying I’m one of the worst in the league. The guy named, I guess he’s an analyst, ESPN guy Perkins, the big fella Perkins, Kendrick Perkins. I guess in this league today, he’d be a mascot, I don’t know why he claimed that and I like him as a person too. To say that stuff that was weak, I know he got to get with tweets, but I’m not here for that. Coming from the guy who couldn’t play in this league now.”

Perkins’ initial tweet on Thursday:

Nurkic’s Game Four included 17 points, six rebounds, two blocks, one assist and one steal. More importantly, he kept MVP favorite Nikola Jokic to 16 points, nine rebounds and one assist.

Perkins later responded giving Nurkic credit, but reminding him that he was no slouch on the defensive end of the floor.

Perkins averaged 5.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 1 assist over a 15-year career with the the Boston Celtics, Oklahoma City Thunder, Cleveland Cavaliers and New Orleans Pelicans. He was part of the Celtics’ 2008 title run.