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DENVER - The Bosnian Bear loves chocolate cheesecake with vanilla mousse almost as much as video games and horror films.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. Kenyan Drake Jersey . "I could have been equipment manager but nooooo" from Lisa on Ice. Season 6, Episode 8. 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After leading the major leagues and setting a franchise record for homers last season, Davis hit three in his first 30 games. Davis was on the disabled list with a strained left oblique from April 26-May 11, an injury that had sapped his power. His frustration reached a boiling point Sunday when he went 0-for-4 in a loss to the Royals at Kansas City. "I felt like I just had some good pitches to hit and I rolled over everything, so I got here early today and worked on some stuff in early (batting practice)," said Davis, who also singled in the fourth inning. "It just sometimes clicks for you and today was one of those days." "Even in spring training, there were some at-bats where I would feel good and have good results, but I just didnt feel like I was right and then obviously with the injury, missing some time coming back, my timing was all screwed up." Nelson Cruz also homered, following Davis shot in the fifth, to give the Orioles their second set of back-to-back homers of the season. Adam Jones had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 14 games. Miguel Gonzalez (2-3) pitched six innings for Baltimore, allowing ttwo runs and seven hits with seven strikeouts and no walks.dddddddddddd "It was a great night to be out there as a pitcher," Gonzalez said. "A lot of run support and a lot of great defence." Liriano (0-4) allowed six runs and nine hits in five innings for Pittsburgh and is now winless in 13 consecutive regular-season starts since last Sept. 10 at Texas. "I was leaving too many pitches over the middle of the plate," Liriano said. "I was missing my spots a lot and I couldnt repeat two good pitches in a row. I wasnt executing my pitches with men on base and the bases empty." Ike Davis homered for the Pirates, his second in 27 games since being acquired from the New York in a trade on April 18, in the seventh inning. Neil Walker and Andrew McCutchen had two hits each. Baltimore won for third time in nine games while Pittsburgh lost for the sixth time in eight games. NOTES: Orioles RHP Dylan Bundy threw 18 pitches in an extended spring training game Tuesday at Sarasota, Florida, the first time the organizations top prospect had faced hitters from another organization since undergoing Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery last June. ... Baltimore C Matt Wieters, on the disabled list with a strained right elbow, said he is feeling considerably better after having a platelet-rich plasma injection last week and should be activated long before the projected date of July 1. ... Pirates LF Starling Marte returned to the lineup after a strained left hamstring forced him to leave the second game of Sundays doubleheader against the Yankees at New York and went 0-for-4. ... The Orioles are 18-9 in night games but 6-11 in the day. ... The two-game series concludes on Wednesday night with Baltimore RHP Chris Tillman (4-2, 3.34) facing Pittsburgh LHP Wandy Rodriguez (0-2, 6.84). 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