Happy day-after-Christmas, everyone. I’m sure many of you—particularly those of you with children—were quite bust on December 25. But were you as busy as Knicks center Enes Kanter? Let’s check in on the big Turk’s accomplishments.
Kanter dropped 31 points and grabbed 22 rebounds in the Knicks’ 105-98 loss to the 76ers. It’s been a long time since anyone has seen numbers like those on Christmas: the only other players in NBA history to put up a 30-20 on December 25 were Hall of Famers Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell and Bob Lanier.
Not that Kanter was happy putting up monster stats in a loss, as he explained to Marc Berman of The Post:
“It’s always a good thing but people are texting my phone and saying congrats and whatever,. I’m probably not going to text most of them back because who cares if I get 50 points, 50 rebounds? The state, the whole New York state, they want to see the playoffs. If my numbers are not going to put us in the playoff spot.’’
Damn that’s a great quote. If motivational quotes were an official stat, Kanter would have more triple-doubles than Russell Westbrook.
But Kanter also couldn’t waste an opportunity to troll his most vicious opponent:
LeBron James Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. One of the Turkish government’s beefs with Kanter—and don’t forget that they’re looking to sentence him to a four-year prison term—is his outspoken support of popular imam Fethullah Gülen. The whole matter is incredibly complex—here’s a handy brief on their relationship—but Gülen is currently Public Enemy No. 1 according to the Erdoğan government, and living in exile in America. Naturally, Kanter wished Gülen could have attended Monday’s game.
In conclusion, Enes Kanter is the most interesting basketball player in the world.