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Enes Kanter Speaks Out Against Jazz

It became very well known that Enes Kanter wasn’t happy with the Utah Jazz. Kanter demanded a trade prior to the All-Star break, and the Jazz wound up dealing him to the Oklahoma City Thunder. It was a trade that has worked out for both teams, as the move allowed Rudy Gobert to move into the starting lineup in Utah, while Kanter has provided a scoring presence in the middle in Oklahoma City that has always been lacking.

Kanter is making his first return to Utah since the trade on Saturday night, and when asked about his time there, he didn’t mince his words:

Kanter went on, calling his time in Oklahoma City “a dream” and also saying he was holding back on even more criticism about Utah. This is all candid stuff from the big man, and it caused a bit of a stir on Twitter. Some thought his comments were refreshingly honest, while others thought he came off as childish and petty.

I can see where both sides are coming from, because although it’s nice when players don’t give PC answers, Kanter went a bit far with his criticism of the organization. I can only imagine what else he had to say about the franchise.

Some of Kanter’s frustration during his time with the Jazz is somewhat understandable, because he didn’t play big minutes during his first few seasons despite being the No. 3 pick. However, the last two years, he got significant playing time before getting traded. He even started 48 of 49 games in Utah this year, although he may have seen the writing on the wall with the emergence of Gobert.

Either way, I’m sure Kanter will come out with a vengeance against the Jazz on Saturday night. The Thunder need him with all their injuries, and an inspired defensive effort would also be helpful, as that has been an area of his game that has been lacking.

 

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