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DENVER - The Bosnian Bear loves chocolate cheesecake with vanilla mousse almost as much as video games and horror films. Jordan Oesterle Jersey .Some might say Jusuf Nurkic (pronounced you-SOOF nur-KITCH) is just a 6-foot-11, 280-pound kid at heart. Others would say hes really still a kid.The Denver Nuggets decided to make the 20-year-old rookie their starting centre by trading Timofey Mozgov to Cleveland last week for two protected first-round draft picks.Thats how much confidence they have in their bruiser from Bosnia-Herzegovina whos only been playing basketball for five years. Hes averaging 6.9 points and 5.1 rebounds this season, numbers that may even get him invited to the Rising Stars Challenge for rookies and second-year players during All-Star weekend next month.It certainly hasnt taken him long to pick up the game or the English language. He understands what hes hearing just fine.Except, of course, when coach Brian Shaw yells at him during practice. Only then does he act like he cant understand.Hes clever, said Shaw, whose team rides a four-game win streak into a game Wednesday against Dallas. Hell try to use that I dont understand card when its convenient for him to use it. He understands all right.Thats the one thing about basketball the things that you do on the court are universal. So there may be different words for different things in different languages, but a pick and roll is still a pick and roll, a post-up is still a post-up, a shot is a shot. In terms of that, theres no barrier. He has a good understanding, because he has such a high basketball IQ.His story of discovery is actually quite remarkable. Heres the condensed version: An agent saw a newspaper article on Nurkics father, a big, burly policeman. The agent contacted the father to see if he by chance had a son, which he did a teenager named Jusuf.He looked at me, and I was normal size, and he said, That kid is going to be in the NBA, said Jusuf Nurkic, who was dubbed Bosnian Bear by the team early in the season but also likes Bosnian Beast as a nickname. We all just smiled, because it was crazy.After all, Nurkic didnt know a thing about the game. Even more, he couldnt shoot. But they found him a coach, who taught him how to shoot.And then Nurkic grew. And grew.He turned into a big man with nifty foot work who can effortlessly run the floor, which immediately attracted the Nuggets attention. So much so that they acquired him on draft night, sending their 11th overall pick (Doug McDermott) to Chicago for Nurkic (No. 16) and guard Gary Harris (No. 19).From the start, Nurkics been as advertised a bashing force inside with some finesse, too.We were lucky, because hes making us look smart. But he deserves all the credit, general manager Tim Connelly said. He doesnt want to just fit in. He wants to make a mark.Certainly receiving quite a few marks, too. He has a mean-looking red scar on the left side of his back courtesy of being scratched by a Toronto player last month. There are scratches all over his wrists and upper arms as well.Scratches everywhere, but I get no fouls, Nurkic said.He is, after all, just a rookie.Nurkic doesnt back down, either, getting under the skin recently of Memphis big man Marc Gasol as the two jawed at each other. Afterward, Gasol praised Nurkics game, saying, hes going to be a real good player.Thats a reason why the Nuggets traded Mozgov to the Cavs, to open up more playing time for Nurkic. And with JaVale McGee still sidelined by a strained lower left leg, the centre spot is all his. That is, as long as he can stay out of foul trouble. Hes averaging three a game.To fight homesickness, Nurkic said he calls family and friends quite a bit, plays lots of NBA 2K15 and goes to movies. Since he doesnt like to cook, he dines out quite often as well. His favourite restaurant is the Cheesecake Factory, where he typically orders the chocolate tuxedo cream cheesecake for dessert.This month, his family is in town and hes playing tour guide when hes not on the court.Its great to have family here, Nurkic said. It feels like home.Everything is just going great, man. Im helping my teammates and club win. Thats a great feeling. Jason Demers Jersey .ca has you covered for whos in, whos out and what to expect from all 30 teams. Keith Tkachuk Jersey . In this weeks Leaf Report podcast, James Mirtle and Jonas Siegel debate whether Toronto can continue their shootout dominance and discuss what Dave Nonis game plan should be heading into the trade deadline. https://www.cheapcoyotes.com/848z-lawson-crouse-jersey-coyotes.html . He insists hes not counting. "If youre thinking hits, youre not paying attention to wins," Altuve said Sunday after leading the Houston Astros past the Texas Rangers 3-2.Salvador, Brazil - The United States did well to emerge from the "Group of Death," but the Americans are keen on making further waves in the World Cup, starting with Tuesdays clash with Belgium at the Arena Fonte Nova. You can listen to all the action on TSN Radio 1050 in Toronto, TSN Radio 690 in Montreal, TSN Radio 1200 in Ottawa, and TEAM 1410 in Vancouver beginning at 4pm et/1pm pt. After opening Group G play with a last-gasp 2-1 win over Ghana, the Americans looked certain to progress to the knockout round when they carried a one-goal lead into the final minute of stoppage time against Portugal. But a late goal from Silvestre Varela left the U.S. to fight Germany with a spot in the round of 16 at stake. The Yanks suffered a 1-0 defeat in the finale, but Portugals 2-1 victory over Ghana in Group Gs other contest was enough to put the U.S. through to the next round on goal difference. According to U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, advancing from the toughest group in the World Cup was a great accomplishment, but he does not want the Americans to be satisfied with that feat. "Its a great achievement to get out of this group and into the knockout rounds," Klinsmann said following the defeat to Germany. "It was a difficult game, both physically and mentally, because the knowledge that a draw would be enough was always at the back of our minds. We were a bit too nervous and showed them too much respect at the start but we calmed down as the match wore on. Weve got a great team and we put in a superb performance. We could have created a few more chances but overall Im satisfied. "It was one of the most difficult groups at the tournament. Ghana and Portugal are good teams and Germany are one of the favorites to win the title. Were still learning and growing as a team. Now everything starts from scratch again because the knockoutt rounds are very different. Coyotes Jerseys 2021. " Klinsmann made waves before the start of the tournament by stating that the United States realistically could not win the World Cup, but he signaled his true ambition for the team by instructing the players to plan for a long stay in Brazil. "I think if everybody goes to his own personal limit in the context of the team, were going to go further in this tournament," he told reporters. "But youve got to realize that moment. So I asked everybody, all the players, to make sure that all their flights are booked after July 13 (the date of the final). Thats just how you have to approach a World Cup, no matter what happens now. You can always change your flights, so start with the end in mind. The end is July 13. "Every single day were going to have on the knockout stage, can we do it? Yes we can. This is now one of the benchmarks. We want to be in the top ten, top 12 of the world one day. So if we want to be there, this is now the moment." Belgium should provide a stern test for the Americans, though. The two nations have faced one another twice during Klinsmanns tenure as U.S. coach with Belgium coming out victorious on both occasions. But in the World Cup thus far, Belgium has been slightly underwhelming. The Red Devils claimed maximum points from their three matches of the group stage, but the performances have been rather unconvincing. At many times, Belgium has looked disjointed, as if the immensely talented individuals on the team were playing for themselves. The Americans, by contrast, have been a well-oiled unit playing off one another both in attack and in defense. Belgium, strong on paper, coming up against an American side that has been made to grind out results makes Tuesdays tussle at the Arena Fonte Nova one of the more intriguing clashes of the round of 16. ' ' '

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