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Enes Kanter made an appearance in the New York State Senate for Turkish Cultural Day

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Big Turk.

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While the New York Knicks’ front office jets around the country looking for its next coach, let’s check in on some of the players, to see what they’ve been up to.

Big man Enes Kanter remains busy promoting Turkish pride, going so far as to travel to the hinterlands of Albany, NY, to meet with the New York State Senate on Tuesday. As most of you probably know, April 17 is Turkish Cultural Day in Albany, and Kanter was on hand as a special guest, appearing along some fellow Turks.

The introductory speech from Senator Philip Boyle was about as awkward as you’d expect from a government official these days, state or federal, but he did list some of Kanter’s most famous accomplishments:

  • Played for the Knicks
  • Taller than most people
  • Excellent rebounder (not best in the NBA, though)
  • Trash-talked LeBron James
  • Fearless Turkish dissident

Kanter was clearly pleased to take part in the celebration, as he should be. The young man represents Turkey extremely well, even if the current government doesn’t agree with his views.