Jusuf Nurkic had a few words for NBA analyst and championship center Kendrick Perkins after the Portland Trail Blazers made it easier for the Denver Nuggets in Game 4. After the game, Nurkic called ESPN commentator a “clown” who would be a “mascot in today’s NBA” following a tweet from Perkins questioning the defensive sense of Nurkic and Enes Kanter after the match 3.
“I don’t know if I can talk about defense, a guy, a clown who says I’m one of the worst in the league. The guy named, I guess he’s an analyst, ESPN guy Perkins, big guy Perkins, Kendrick Perkins. I guess in this league today he would be a mascot, I don’t know why he claimed that and I love him as a person too. To say this thing that was weak, I know he must have tweets, but that’s not what I’m here for. Coming from the guy who couldn’t play in this league now.
Perkins initial tweet Thursday:
Mike Malone trained Terry Stotts thoroughly !!! Nurkic and Kanter are the worst defensive players in the NBA! By the way, I thank Austin Rivers tonight for proving all enemies wrong… I just remember them saying he was in the NBA because of his Pops. Go on hell …
– Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) May 28, 2021
Nurkic’s fourth game featured 17 points, six rebounds, two blocks, an assist and a steal. More importantly, he kept MVP favorite Nikola Jokic down to 16 points, nine rebounds and an assist.
Perkins later responded by giving the credit to Nurkic, but reminding him that he was no slouch on the defensive end of the field.
I love this young guy! But one thing about old Kendrick Perkins is I locked the best on them… no help or just double 1 on 1 Perk you got it! Good game anyway. Keep up the hell … https://t.co/g3xFeZaGJa
– Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) May 29, 2021
Perkins averaged 5.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 1 assist in his 15-year career with the Boston Celtics, Oklahoma City Thunder, Cleveland Cavaliers and New Orleans Pelicans. He was part of the Celtics’ title race in 2008.