Jusuf Nurkic RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
With the NBA draft coming Thursday, few prospects are creating more buzz than Croatian shooting guard Mario Hezonja. No longer is he certain to be available when the Nuggets pick in the No. 7 slot. Hezonja is the best player at his position in the draft. At 6-foot-8 and 200 pounds, his athleticism is off the charts, and he shoots the ball with accuracy well beyond 3-point range. He has a connection to Denver too: Nuggets center Jusuf Nurkic. They are friends. “I talk to him every day,” Nurkic said. “I think he’s at this age the best shooting guard.”
After requiring nearly two years to recover from a knee surgery that Danilo Gallinari believes was initially botched, the 26-year-old forward finally regained his form late last season and appears now to be a centerpiece in the Nuggets’ rebuilding efforts, as is center Jusuf Nurkic, recently named one of the league’s 10 best rookies. While Kroenke steadfastly refuses to offer specific names when talking about plans to aggressively retool the roster prior to opening night of the next NBA season, it’s realistic to expect point guard Ty Lawson or forward Kenneth Faried or both to be part of trade discussions prior to the June 25 draft.
Denver Nuggets center Jusuf Nurkic has undergone successful surgery to repair a partially torn left patellar tendon, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly announced today. The Surgery was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles, CA this afternoon. Nurkic averaged 6.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.10 blocks in 62 games (27 starts) this season and was recently named to the NBA’s All-Rookie Second Team
Igor Marinovic: Denver Nuggets big man Jusuf Nurkic undergoes knee surgery today in LA. Recovery prediction is 3-4 months so Nurkic will miss Eurobasket2015
Jusuf Nurkic said he remains a “couple of days” away from returning to the court as he recovers from a sprained right ankle. The 7-foot rookie center has missed seven games due to the sprain. “You know, it’s still so sore,” Nurkic said. “I try and practice when I can. I think in a couple of more days I’ll be fine.”
If you think all this talk of Nurkic borders on hyperbole, then you should take a look at this play from Wednesday night’s game vs. the Phoenix Suns at Pepsi Center. With 7:00 remaining in the third quarter, Nurkic sent the defending Markieff Morris to the floor on a post-up (or maybe Morris sent himself to the floor). Nurkic scored fairly easily and happened to catch the ball on its way through the rim. So, naturally, he decided to hand the ball right to Morris while he was still on the ground.
Jusuf Nurkic: My bro @geealonzo ?????? I’ll miss you. Good luck brother!! See you soon!! instagram.com/p/uVE9U-gqo-/
The more interesting questions surround Ty Lawson and Kenneth Faried. Denver isn’t shopping those guys, but Jusuf Nurkic is the only true untouchable on the roster, per several league sources who have dealt with the Nuggets. The sense around the league is that you could land Lawson or Faried with a Godfather offer. They are gettable. Boston and Denver have had exploratory talks about Lawson, per several sources.
Chris Dempsey: Jusuf Nurkic will not play in the Rising Stars Challenge due to personal reasons. He is replaced by Houston F Kostas Papanikolaou. This is most certainly due to Nurkic’s strong desire to simply go home to Bosnia for the break. The #Nuggets tried to convince him to stay. #Nuggets
Alex Kennedy: Philadelphia’s Robert Covington, Cleveland’s Matthew Dellavedova and Houston’s Kostas Papanikolaou were added to the Rising Stars Challenge. Robert Covington replaces Michael Carter-Williams, Matthew Dellavedova replaces Kelly Olynyk and Kostas Papanikolaou replaces Jusuf Nurkic.
Shams Charania: Nuggets’ Jusuf Nurkic has pulled out of NBA Rising Stars game, with Rockets’ Kostas Papanikolaou replacing him, league sources tell RealGM.
Nurkic had planned to go back to his home country of Bosnia and Herzegovina during the break. Now he’s headed to New York after playing a very solid pre-all-star-break portion of the season for the Nuggets.
Denver Nuggets rookie center Jusuf Nurkic will replace injured World Team selection Steven Adams of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, Feb. 13, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Paul Garcia: Per NBA: Nuggets’ Nurkic to Replace Thunder’s Adams in BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge
“He has a nasty attitude,” Denver coach Brian Shaw told Grantland. “He’s one of those guys that gets under your skin. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I’d rather have a guy out there that’s pissing people off than a guy who’s buddy-buddy with everyone.”
Speaking of the Nuggets, they remain in pursuit of Nets center Brook Lopez. The centerpiece of Denver’s package is JaVale McGee, though the Nuggets have balked at including any core players — a group that includes Ty Lawson, Kenneth Faried, Jusuf Nurkic and Wilson Chandler — in any deal.
In January Nurkic has averaged 7.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks. “It’s unfortunate for him,” Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said. “I probably had a lot to do with that because early on in the season he didn’t play a whole lot. But he’ll have his chances, he’ll have his opportunities. I’m sure he may enjoy the actual break of the All Star week, instead of having to go to New York to participate.”
Jusuf has confirmed at least the gist of the story, and I’m inclined to believe the part about beating up 14 guys because if I say I don’t believe it, I might get beat up, too.
Jusuf Nurkic’s dad is a policeman in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina. One day a Bosnian sports agent Enes Trnovcevic was reading a newspaper where he read: “Bosnian policeman, Hariz Nurkic has beaten 14 people in a fight.” He knew what to do instantly! Next day he went to Tuzla and met with Nurkic’s father. The only thing he asked him was: “Do you have a son?” Jusuf Nurkic was at that time a 14 years old boy and never trained basketball. Enes Trnovcevic took him to Slovenia and gave him an opportunity he accepted and used.
Nuggets rookie center Jusuf Nurkic has played so well of late that USA Today broached the subject of him possibly playing himself into rookie of the year conversation. So, then, that subject was broached with Shaw. “I do think if he finishes the rest of the season the way he has been playing, and improve, he has as good chance as anybody else,” Shaw said.
Making the trade easier for the Nuggets has been the play of rookie center Jusuf Nurkic, who started for the first time this season on Wednesday night against the Magic. Nurkic entered the game averaging 12.8 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 3.5 blocks in his previous four. He is a plus-9.5 in that span, and only committed seven fouls in those four games. Nurkic shot 53.8 percent from the field and 75 percent from the free-throw line in that span. “I think he has shown a lot over the last two weeks by the way he’s been playing,” Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said. “He has been playing more consistently.”
Nurkic, 6-feet-11, 280 pounds, has earned more playing time of late. His season average is 11.7 minutes, but he has averaged 16.1 minutes in his last eight games, a number Shaw says would rise if he kept away from foul trouble. He is committing 4.0 fouls per game — one every four minutes — in that span. “He’s a guy that I have confidence throwing the ball inside to,” Shaw said. “He can post, and he can score. And if he doesn’t have that, he’s shown the propensity to make plays for his teammates when they cut off him. I think now his teammates are starting to cut harder when he has the ball, because they know he’ll pass it.”