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Blazers’ Jusuf Nurkic gets emotional as he reflects on 1-year anniversary of leg injury

Blazers, Jusuf Nurkic

It has been exactly one-year since Portland Trail Blazers big man Jusuf Nurkic suffered his horrific leg injury against the Brooklyn Nets at the Moda Center.

Nurkic took to Instagram on Wednesday to reflect about his devastating injury a year later:

“I’m so emotional but can’t believe it’s been a year since my injury,” the Blazers center wrote. “It doesn’t matter how deep you fall what really matters is how high you bounce back. In my life I learn to overcome difficulties but everyone has a fate and own destiny. Faith is trusting God even when you don’t understand His plan. Once again I want to thank everyone. A year ago you guys did something special for me, it meant the world to me after all I’m 100% healthy and can’t wait to play basketball again. Until then, stay safe and healthy…. Love Nurk.”

The 25-year-old Bosnian beast was scheduled to make his season debut for the Blazers on March 15 against the Houston Rockets, but the season was suspended after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus.

Last season for Portland, Jusuf Nurkic averaged 15.6 points, 10.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.4 blocks while shooting 50.8 percent from the field and 77.3 percent from the free-throw line. Portland went 45-27 when Nurkic was in the lineup.

NBA owners are hoping that play can be resumed in the summer. The Blazers were in ninth place in the Western Conference standings prior to play being suspended.

Nurkic, who began his NBA career with the Denver Nuggets, has career averages of 11.6 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 310 games with the Nuggets and Blazers.