Jusuf Nurkic had a speech for NBA analyst and championship center Kendrick Perkins after the Portland Trail Blazers made it easy for the Denver Nuggets in the fourth post-game Nurkic called the ESPN commentator a “clown” who would be. “The current NBA mascot” after Perkins’ tweet questioning Nurkic and Enes Kanter’s defensive acumen after game 3.
“I don’t know if I can talk about defense or not, some men joke that I’m the worst in the league. People named I guess he’s an ESPN analyst, a Perkins man, Fella Perkins, Kendrick Perkins. I guess in the league today he would have been a mascot, I don̵7;t know why he made that claim and I also liked him as a person to say that weak things I knew he had to get from the tweet. But I’m not here for that. Comes from someone who can’t play in this league right now. “
Perkins’s initial tweet on Thursday:
Mike Malone bans coach Terry Stotts !!! Nurkic and Kanter are the worse defenders in the NBA! Btw shouted to Austin Rivers tonight to prove all the hatred that was wrong … I remember them saying him. Was in the NBA because his Pops carried Hell …
– Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) May 28, 2021
Nurkic’s four games totaled 17 points, six rebounds, two blocks, one assist and one steal. More importantly, he kept favorite MVP Nikola Jokic to 16 points, nine rebounds and one assist.
Perkins later responded by crediting Nurkic, but warned him that he was not stupid in the ground’s defense.
I love it young! But one thing about older Kendrick Perkins is that I lock the best with them … no help or double the straight up 1-to-1 Perk you got him! Good games carry hell on it … https://t.co/g3xFeZaGJa
– Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) May 29, 2021
Perkins averaged 5.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 1 assist over a 15-year career with the Boston Celtics, Oklahoma City Thunder, Cleveland Cavaliers. Scarlett and the Pelicans, New Orleans He was part of the Celtics’ 2008 championship.