Jusuf Nurkic noticed Kendrick Perkins’ feedback about his defensive skills, and he did not recognize them.
The Path Blazers middle referred to as out the ESPN analyst after Portland’s 115-95 win over Denver on Saturday, which evened the first-round collection at two video games apiece. Nurkic’s anger stemmed from a tweet despatched out Friday through which Perkins referred to as Nurkic and Enes Kanter “the [worst] defensive bigs within the NBA.”
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Nurkic, who completed with 17 factors, six rebounds, two blocks and one steal in Recreation 4, did not maintain again throughout his postgame media availability.
“On this league at this time, he’d be a mascot,” Nurkic mentioned. “I do not know why he claimed issues like that. And I like him as an individual, too. However individuals do not perceive the roles. [I’m] not saying I’m a franchise participant right here. . . . To say that stuff, that was weak, man. I do know he is bought to get retweets and stuff like that, however I ain’t right here for that, man.”
In fact, Perkins was not going to let that slide. The 2008 NBA champion responded by sharing an outdated video of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant praising Perkins.
“Perk is, for my part, he is the perfect one-on-one put up defender within the league,” Bryant mentioned within the clip. “He is that good within the low put up. . . . He is additionally an excellent assist defender and screen-and-roll defender.”
Whereas Nurkic did a great job slowing down Nuggets star Nikola Jokic in Recreation 4 (16 factors, 7-of-18 taking pictures), he should do it a pair extra instances if he desires to maintain Perkins quiet.