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Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic opens up about recovery, jokes he was surprised NBA didn’t drug test him after he walked weeks after injury

Blazers, Jusuf Nurkic

Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic sustained a heartbreaking injury that prevented the big man from participating in the team’s playoff run. The tibia and fibula fractures were devastating, but it looks like Nurkic is already making good progress on the way to recovery. He sat down with Brooke Olzendam to talk about his recovery process:

When questioned on his speedy recovery, Nurkic quipped that he himself was shocked with the fast progress, which allowed him to come to Blazers games:

“I was surprised. I’m surprised the NBA didn’t send a drug test to me.”

Nurkic also showed appreciation to all the members of the NBA who reached out to him, acknowledging how much it helped his recovery.

The Bosnia native touched on his team’s playoff run and how impressive it was. After Nurkic was injured, few even expected the Blazers to get past the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round. Instead, they got all the way to the Conference Finals before being outclassed by the Golden State Warriors.

Nurkic was a key piece to the Blazers’ regular season success. He averaged 15.6 points and 10.4 rebounds on 50 percent shooting and started all 72 games he played. He was so effective he became a solid third option for the Blazers offense while anchoring the defense in the middle.

Nurkic looks to be in good spirits and recovering remarkably fast. Hopefully, he can rejoin the Blazers soon and help the team build on last season’s success.