Wednesday, March 25th 2020 marks the second straight week of no NBA basketball, which has seems like much longer than two weeks.
It is also the one-year mark since Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic sustained compound fractures to his left tibia and fibula with 2:22 remaining in the second overtime of Portland's win over Brooklyn last season.
Over the past year, the road to recovery has been trying. But, Nurkic has been strong and steadfast in his rehab despite the physical and emotional toll it has taken on him.
The Trail Blazers big man shared his thoughts on his Instagram Wednesday while remembering the trials and tribulations of this past year.
Along with nine photos and one video of the Bosnian Beast working out, Nurk wrote:
I'm so emotional but can't believe it's been a year since my injury. It doesn't matter how deep you fall what really matters is how high you bounce back. In my life I learn to overcome difficulties but everyone has a fate and own destiny. Faith is trusting God even when you don't understand His plan. Once again I want to thank everyone. A year ago you guys did something special for me, it meant the world to me after all I'm 100% healthy and can't wait to play basketball again. Until then, stay safe and healthy…. Love Nurk -- Trail Blazes center Jusuf Nurkic on Instagram
Among the photos Nurk posted with his message thanking Trail Blazers fans were pictures of letters that fans had sent him and wrote to him.
I'm so emotional but can't believe it's been a year since my injury. It doesn't matter how deep you fall what really matters is how high you bounce back. In my life I learn to overcome difficulties but everyone has a fate and own destiny. Faith is trusting God even when you don't understand His plan. Ones again I want to thank everyone. A year ago you guys did something special for me🙏🏻❤️ 💯 it meant the world to me ✊🏻 after all I'm 100% healthy and can't wait to play basketball 🏀 again 🔥 Until then, stay safe and healthy ✊🏻🙏🏻 Love Nurk ✌🏻 #nurkback #thereturn #nurkfever #staysafe #staystrong #stayhome
A post shared by Jusuf Nurkić (@bosnianbeast27) on Mar 25, 2020 at 12:25pm PDT
Rip City rallied together at Moda Center too, to share their get well messages with Nurk while he was home recovering from surgery.
And now on the one-year mark while the NBA is on hiatus, Rip City continues to show love to Nurkic all over social media as the anticipation of his return continues to grow.
In 72 games last season, Nurkic averaged career highs of 15.6 points, 10.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.00 steal to go with 1.40 blocks. He shot a career-best 50.8% from the field and 77.3% from the foul line.
Can't wait to see you back on the court, Nurk! Whenever that may be.
And we can all agree it can't come soon enough.
Jusuf Nurkic shares emotional post on one-year anniversary of his injury originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest