Jusuf Nurkic calls out Jonas Valanciunas on ‘dangerous play’ that injured Kings forward Chimezie Metu
On Valentine’s Day, Memphis Grizzlies center Jonas Valanciunas delivered a cheap shot on Sacramento Kings big man Chimezie Metu after a dunk. As a result of the play, Metu broke his wrist and will now be out for a few weeks.
After the report of Metu’s injury surfaced, Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic called out Valanciunas for the cowardly play. Commenting on a video of the dangerous play on Instagram, the Bosnian Beast said the Grizzlies center can do better than that.
“Come on Jonas, bro, we can do better than this. Metu, he’s a baller #fastrecovery,” the Blazers big man wrote of the foul on the Kings player.
Indeed, Jusuf Nurkic is right to call out his fellow big man. What Jonas Valanciunas did is frankly inexcusable, as Chimezie Metu was completely exposed dangling from the rim. Valanciunas walked underneath him, grabbed the Kings center by the legs and threw him down.
While that might sound ejection-worthy or even suspension-worthy, you’d be surprised to find out that while the 28-year-old was given a technical foul, he was not assessed a flagrant nor was he ejected from the game against the Kings.
Let’s not forget, Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs was once ejected from a game for laughing too boisterously, and only two years ago, Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks was ejected from a game for staring at Kris Dunn too hard.
It seems NBA refs have decided that laughing and using one’s eyes are ejection-worthy, but not breaking an opponent’s hand. Quite curious, wouldn’t you say?
Either way, let’s hope the Kings youngster has a speedy recovery and returns to once again dunk on Valanciunas–and he decides not to retaliate this time. After all, basketball is just a game and is not a reason to hurt others.