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Blazers’ Jusuf Nurkic really misses sports


Portland Trail Blazers big man Jusuf Nurkic summed up on Twitter how athletes and fans are feeling during the quarantine.

The 25-year-old center has been out for almost a year due to a gruesome leg injury sustained in March of 2019. The Blazers are not rushing his return and are in no need to with Hassan Whiteside doing a commendable job standing in.

COVID-19, a coronavirus strain, has been classified as a pandemic. As a result, many tournaments and matchups have been canceled. The NBA was the first major sports league to do so. The unprecedented suspension came after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19. Shortly after, his teammate Donovan Mitchell reportedly got infected with the virus as well. Several teams got tested as a result, and the NBA has since been bombarded with a list of players testing positive for the coronavirus.

Detroit Pistons’ Christian Wood was the first non-Utah Jazz player to test positive. Other players who reportedly have COVID-19 are Marcus Smart, Kevin Durant, three other Nets players, and two unidentified Lakers. Other teams, such as the Philadelphia 76ers and the Denver Nuggets revealed that members of their organization tested positive.

Following the NBA’s suspension of the season, other major events followed suit. These include the NCAA, MLB, NHL, and golf’s Masters tournament. Even other competitions involving mass gatherings have been postponed. The Boston Marathon, The London Marathon, as well as the Invictus Games, for example, have been moved to a later date.

The coronavirus pandemic has severely affected the general population’s daily lives. However, unlike other jobs that have easily transitioned to an online setting, other workers such as athletes have no choice but to postpone their daily routine until the virus is contained.

Until then, fans also have to make do with online replays of their favorite players and games.

While the suspension is advantageous to the Blazers as Nurkic might be available once play resumes, the Bosnian (and the entire NBA) would rather have it the other way.