Portland Trail Blazers Star Announces Tragic Death of Family Member Due to COVID-19

Peter Dewey
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Portland Trail Blazers big man Jusuf Nurkic announced the tragic death of his grandmother due to the coronavirus on Saturday.


The Blazers beat the Memphis Grizzlies this afternoon as they officially claimed the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference.

Nurkic, who missed most of the 2019-20 season due to an injury, has been a huge help for the Blazers in the Orlando, Fla. bubble.

Nurkic made his return in the Blazers’ first game in the bubble and has averaged 17.6 points, 10.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game.

The 25-year-old center is a crucial part of Portland’s offense, as evidenced by its success in the bubble, as the team has gone 7-2.

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Peter is a graduate of Quinnipiac University where he covered the MAAC and college basketball for three years. He has worked for NBC Sports, the Connecticut Sun and the Meriden Record-Journal covering basketball, football and other major sports. Follow him on Twitter @peterdewey2.