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Blazers’ Jusuf Nurkic says he ‘wants to cry’ upon return

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The Portland Trail BlazersJusuf Nurkic will make his return from a devastating leg injury suffered a year ago. Needless to say, he “wants to cry” when he makes his return on Sunday.

As Nurkic prepares for his return against the Houston Rockets on Sunday, the Blazers big man says although he wants to cry, he won’t.

Via Jason Quick of The Athletic:

“I want to cry,” Nurkic said. “But I’m not going to cry.”

Although Nurkic has a few hurdles to accomplish before he’s officially cleared, it’s expected that he will play this Sunday. The 7-foot Nurkic hasn’t played in a game since March 25 of last year. He suffered a compound fracture of his left tibia and fibula.

The Blazers big stated he’ll get emotional when his name is called off of the bench during Sunday’s game.

“It’s more about the fans,” he said. “What I expect, and what people talking, and how much positive vibes mostly from the fan base and Rip City as a city … it just means a lot to me. So for the most, the hardest part is going to be when they announce my name to me to get off the bench, that’s going to be the hardest part.”

Although the Blazers are fading out of the playoff race at 28-37, the return of Nurkic will definitely be a bright spot for the team moving forward.