Skip to main content

Kanter on Blazers "They kept pushing so I said NO!"

Enes-Kanter

We recently wrote how the Suns didn't consider Kawhi during the Draft because he "sweated a lot during his interview." The NBA is riddled with these kinds of stories. You may consider them brilliant or ridiculous, but one thing can't be disputed - front office work is high pressure. 

This is such a competitive industry; everything becomes a data point in your profile. You not only have to predict a players character or ability to handle pressure, but you know there are a lot of other front offices doing the same thing. 

Free agency accentuates this. You have a lot of names on the board; things change minute by minute and someone you think you can count on may sign away the next moment. That's why having a team of people that are working in sync is so important - you minimize the stress.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

When Enes Kanter signed a two-year, $10 million contract with the Celtics, it didn't come as a huge surprise. Boston needs big men and desperately needs rebounding. Kanter brings both to the table. The only surprise was it seemed Portland let him go easily. 

His game improved as the playoffs went on, Enes powered through a separated shoulder and was an unexpected hero in several big games. So what happened? Kanter explained to Mark J. Spears in a text message:

Six minutes sounds specific as if they had something else in the works and were on a tight timeline. Still, if you let it get to six minutes and the man has no time to call people he consults with, sounds like this situation wasn't a highlight of time management. You can understand how a player who played injured to help the team won't appreciate feeling like he is being pushed around. 

So Kanter decided he won't be treated like that and "told them NO!" The Blazers traded Meyer Leonard for Hasan Whiteside who will be their new starting center while Nurkić recovers from his injury, and Kanter will probably start in Boston. All because there were only 6 minutes to make a decision.

P.S. The other part his text message still reminds us is the horrible situation Kanter is in with the Turkish government. He can't contact his family directly, so he has to use his brother as an intermediary. Let's hope this changes soon, and he doesn't have to miss games in Europe because his safety can't be guaranteed. 

Willy Hernangomez says Zion Williamson is on a mission this season

Willy Hernangomez offers a frightening take on Zion Williamson ahead of this season -“He wants to destroy everybody”

Hernangomez said Williamson "wants to destroy everybody" in his return to the court after missing the entire 2021-22 season

James Harden said that his explosiveness is getting there after it was noticeably absent during his stint with the Sixers last season

James Harden and his quest to regain his explosiveness for the Philadelphia 76ers: "It's getting there"

Harden clearly wasn't himself during his first few months with the 76ers, but the good news is that he believes his explosiveness is getting back to what it used to be

Dirk Nowitzki at the 1998 Nike Hoop Summit

"Between practices I had to get tutoring in a separate room" - Dirk Nowitzki used to bring a tutor with him while traveling with Germany's junior national team

Dirk Nowitzki revealed that he had to bring a private tutor with him during his days with Germany's junior national team as he had to play and study at the same time.

Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson

"Are you willing to come back and be a coachable player?"-How Phil Jackson talked to Kobe Bryant before they reunited in 2006

The time Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson spent apart from each other made them realize that they needed each other to accomplish their goals.

Denver Nuggets mascot Rocky

Denver Nuggets mascot Rocky outearns several NBA players

Denver Nuggets mascot Rocky is closer to making a million each year than some NBA players on minimum contracts.

ben-wallace-darvin-ham-min

“I know he’s a great locker room guy!”- Ben Wallace believes Darvin Ham will do great things with the Lakers

Darvin Ham and Ben Wallace won a title together and their bond will forever remain tight.

Reggie Miller doing the choke sign

Reggie Miller on talking to New York Knicks fans: 'They love to come up and do the choke sign. They think it’s so cool'

Reggie Miller said most Knicks fans still hate him and they let him know about it by doing doing his iconic choke taunt in 1995.