On Wednesday, it was revealed that Jusuf Nurkic participated in his first full contact, full speed practice.
But, as the old saying goes... pics or it didn't happen!
Well, Thursday, we got them!
Until Wednesday's practice, Nurkic had only been going through individual workouts. He looked spry and did not show any favoring of his injured leg.
Nurkic suffered compound fractures to his left tibia and fibula on March 26th, 2019, had surgery and has been rehabbing ever since.
It's a welcomed sight for the injury-riddled Blazers.
Nurk practiced full speed, contact, up and down, seeing him out there – like being himself and not looking like he was struggling – seeing Zach [Collins] out here right now, seeing how well Trev [Ariza] looked in practice – it just felt good. It was like… almost like a pick me up. I feel good about it. -- Trail Blazers All-Star point guard Damian Lillard on Jusuf Nurkic
There is still no official word on his return to an NBA game, but this development is encouraging.
"He's been progressing to this point, Terry Stotts added, though trying to downplay its significance. "I guess, it's a milestone, but it's just part of his progression... It was hopeful that this week would be an opportunity for him to ramp up his workouts, but as far as anything else beyond that -- it's too early to say."
Now as Rip City awaits the Bosnian Beasts return, everyone is wondering will it be soon?
"I do" Lillard said of getting the sense that Nurkic is nearing his return.
Lillard added, "I'm not involved in the situation…. I'm not a doctor, I'm not inside his body, but he looked good to me."
"I've seen him doing contact stuff, but he really looked good."
Photos released from Nurkic's return to full contact practice originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest