Enes Kanter is putting up big numbers for the New York Knicks: 14.1 points on 63.6% shooting and 10.5 rebounds per game. But those double-doubles are not being shown in Kanter’s native Turkey, according to the big man, a well-known critic of Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan who had his passport revoked by his government.
"They don't even show no New York Knicks games in Turkey because of me. Last year they didn't show no OKC games. This year no New York games just because of me. And they ban my Twitter in Turkey, too."
Lest you think the Turkish government is simply blocking Knicks games, it’s not that simple. They are instead carefully avoiding showing games on national TV. Per Adam Zagoria:
One league source said it's "obvious" the Turkish government is "avoiding showing Kanter's games," but that basketball fans in Turkey with NBA League Pass can "watch whatever games they want." A spokesman at the Turkish consulate told SNY.tv by phone, "I cannot know if these channels are also blocking Enes Kanter's games or not, so I cannot know it."
Turkey may be repressive, but at least they allow League Pass. I used to live in China, which is one of the few countries to block League Pass altogether, which sucked. Hopefully League Pass-buying Turks can still watch the Knicks, and that Kanter continues to stick it to the president on the basketball court.