Jusuf Nurkic did his best to end any speculation that there could be drama building about his crunch time role, dealing with the media or his former team on Sunday afternoon. "No drama, man," The Portland Trail Blazers' center said in what would be a theme to his post-practice interview. "It's all about the (next) game." In each of the Portland Trail Blazers' last two games, backup center Ed Davis has earned the fourth quarter minutes over Nurkic, finishing out close losses to Memphis and Brooklyn. Nurkic said he spoke with Blazers coach Terry Stotts and there is no brewing conflict between Portland's young center and the head coach. "I respect coach's decision," said Nurkic, who scored 21 points against Brooklyn despite only playing for 53 seconds in the fourth quarter. "And to be honest, I never have a better coach than Stotts. So, there's (not) anything wrong." Nurkic certainly would like to close out games on the court, but he isn't questioning any coaching decisions. "Everybody want to be out there," he said. "There is not one player on our team that don't want to be in a close game and finish the game. Definitely, I want to be out there. But, like I said, there is not wrong play (by) coach. It's his decision and I need to respect that and I respect that."
Trail Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic downplays 'drama' after sitting at crunch time
Oregonian | Nov 14