Of course, with the NBA suspension, that comeback never happened.
The day that was supposed to be the Bosnian Beast's comeback game has been filled with support all over the social media world.
Nurkic has been working hard on his rehab. Working to get both his body and mind right. And, he warned that everyone needs to get ready for a ‘Double Beast.'
Sunday afternoon, Nurkic took a moment to post to his Instagram while trying to imagine what it would've been like had he stepped back on the hardwood again at Moda Center.
"Can't imagine the feeling/energy in Moda Center today," Nurkic wrote. "But I promise I'll be ready as soon as we're back to [hoop], hope everyone is safe."
A post shared by Jusuf Nurkić (@bosnianbeast27) on Mar 15, 2020 at 2:37pm PDT
Fast forward 10 days from now; that will be the one-year mark since there was just 2:22 remaining in OT and Nurkic came crashing down. He was lying on the baseline holding his left leg, while Nets players ran the other way not wanting to look at the gruesome injury.
The Trail Blazers posted a video Sunday when the Blazers-Rockets game should've tipped off. It was a video that will put a smile on your face.
We can't wait until you have your moment, big fella ❤️ pic.twitter.com/4upKeBcGBk
— Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) March 15, 2020
Nurk has also been active on Twitter. He says 100 percent that Moda Center will be rocking when he finally makes his return.
And then there was the NBA 2k simulation game of Nurks's comeback. He entered the game near the six-minute mark of the first quarter and Rip City went nuts. The Trail Blazers had a 97-63 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Blazers head coach Stotts emptied the bench early and the Blazers cruised to a 124-89 victory over the Rockets.
The return of @bosnianbeast27 - ✅
Another double-double for @youngwhiteside - ✅
A 124 -89 victory over the 🚀 - ✅
That's what would have happened if the @trailblazers played the Rockets... at least according to @NBA2K#RipCity
— NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) March 15, 2020
Nurkic finished with 15points, 14 rebounds, and three blocks in 22 minutes of play. He went 6-of-11 from the field and 3-of-5 from the free throw line.
— Noel (@OregonSportsDad) March 15, 2020
Rip City has shown its support on Twitter as the anticipation grows for the Bosnian Beast to get back on the court.
Fans were even chanting, "Jusuf Nurkic" when Sunday's game had been scheduled to tip-off.
"And for the Portland @trailblazers, making his 2020 debut, JUSUF NURKIC!"
THE CROWD GOES WILD!
CAN'T WAIT FOR YOUR DEBUT @bosnianbeast27 !!! (@CassidyGemmet ) https://t.co/oOt0bM96Mm pic.twitter.com/1vnca1FEhA
— Team Mom (@tcbbiggs) March 15, 2020
— Samantha Kaitlyn (@SammieKaitXO) March 15, 2020
— 𝘽𝙡𝙖𝙯𝙚𝙧 𝙂𝙖𝙣𝙜 (@Blazer_Gang) March 15, 2020
The best is yet to come…
The force of the Beast is still to come.
We are here for it: All the Jusuf Nurkic love all over the internet originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest