Basketball!! WOOOO!! Knicks back!! JEAH JEAH JEAH!
What’s that? The world is still melty dogggy doo? Hmm. OK. Well then, my dear chickadees, life is more than basketball.
Let us take a little look at our beloved boys in orange & blue and see what they have to say about the world off the court, admittedly a world which is not a whole lot better than this nascent dumpster fire of a season.
Joakim Noah, who doesn’t advertise a lot but is clearly very woke, spent an off evening checking out Michael Moore’s political one man show The Terms of My Surrender:
You can’t go though, because it closed this week.
Jarrett Jack, of similar sentiment, wants to let the world know his opinion of the current occupant of the White House through sartorial symbolism:
Enes Kanter prefers a musical expression of the same idea:
— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) October 11, 2017
Em spitting facts....
(Props to Enes for the mic drop emojis)
Earlier this month deadly wildfires swept through Spain and Portugal. Willy Hernangomez retweeted his homeboy Pau Gasol in bringing awareness to the disaster:
Consternado por los incendios que azotan #Galicia y #Asturias mucho ánimo a todos. Solidariedade e moita forza #ArdeGalicia pic.twitter.com/FvsxIY2UdG— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) October 16, 2017
The fires appear to have been the result of arson — “environmental terrorism,” as a Spanish sportscaster Willy retweeted declared:
Lo de Galicia es terrorismo. Un atentado terrorista medioambiental.— Héctor Fernández (@Hectorfernandez) October 15, 2017
Enes (Enes speaks Spanish?) and Kristaps Porzingis also shared their concern about the fires:
Quiero mandar toda mi solidaridad hasta tierras gallegas y a sus gentes, que están luchando contra el fuego. #FuerzaGalicia pic.twitter.com/bDhbSPHiZ6— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) October 16, 2017
October 16, 2017
KP is also concerned about a slightly different type of environmental terrorism — the tree reign of terror:
October 15, 2017
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Former Knick Carmelo Anthony (remember him?) has been very active in Puerto Rico hurricane relief, with a large donation and a fundraising event. Thanks to combined efforts Melo sent a
shitboatload of emergency supplies to the island.
“Thank you #UNICEFUSA for teaming up with My Foundation to support MI ISLA(My Island). We will be donating over 12,000 emergency hygiene kits that will help over 60,000 children and families. Children and families will now have water purification tablets, water containers, buckets, soap, etc so they can maintain their well-being and prevent the spread of deadly disease.” #GetInvolved #ReBui7dPuertoRico #UNICEFUSA #STAYME7o
Puerto Rico is still largely without power and potable water. If you would like to help relief efforts for the island, Melo’s campaign is here, and other groups involved can be found here.
Lastly, and in some senses in a class completely on his own, we come back to Enes. Enes is (probably) the only Knick who has had his passport revoked and found himself stateless and subject to an international arrest warrant, compliments of Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Kanter is a critic of Erdoğan, who has declared Kanter a supporter of a terrorist organization and arrested family members still in Turkey.
Enes has done interviews about the Turkish political situation and American protests:
It’s just sad , really sad...— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) October 20, 2017
Pray please #DictatorErdogan
And in between goofy fan shots, makes his political feelings known:
#DictatorErdogan https://t.co/m6XgkzxVf4— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) October 23, 2017
It is unclear what Kanter’s current passport situation is, and whether he’ll be able to travel to Canada.
America: Protect Enes Kanter.
OK, was that all kind of heavy for you?
Accept my apologies and enjoy this wonderful, palate-cleansing, life-affirming video of Kyle O’Quinn’s mom gettin’ down at MSG:
Universe: Protect Mrs. O’Quinn at all costs.