Jusuf Nurkic noticed Kendrick Perkins’ feedback about his defensive skills, and he did not admire them.
The Path Blazers middle known as out the ESPN analyst after Portland’s 115-95 win over Denver on Saturday, which evened the first-round sequence at two video games apiece. Nurkic’s anger stemmed from a tweet despatched out Friday through which Perkins known as Nurkic and Enes Kanter “the [worst] defensive bigs within the NBA.”
Mike Malone flat out coached Terry Stotts!!! Nurkic and Kanter are the more severe defensive bigs within the NBA! Btw shoutout to Austin Rivers tonight for proving all of the haters improper…I simply bear in mind them saying he was within the NBA due to his Pops. Carry the hell on…
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) Might 28, 2021
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 the moment, 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 obtained 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 previous video of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant praising Perkins.
“Perk is, for my part, he is the very best one-on-one submit defender within the league,” Bryant mentioned within the clip. “He is that good within the low submit. . . . 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 must do it a pair extra instances if he needs to maintain Perkins quiet.