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March 29, 2015 Updates

Kanter appeared to be walking away from the media earlier at the team’s shootaround, before being corralled by someone from the Thunder staff, just outside the locker room. Then he basically dissed the Jazz and its organization. “The difference is I like playing basketball there, that’s the most important thing,’’ he said. “I never liked playing basketball before in my NBA career. That’s the first time I felt like playing basketball for my team, for the fans, for my teammates, for coaches — everybody.’’ Deseret News

“Almost everything was a frustration,’’ he said. “It wasn’t just a one or two-game frustration it was a three-and-a-half-year frustration.‘’ “It wasn’t just basketball stuff,’’ he continued. “It was (the) professionalism. After seeing OKC, I was like ‘This is how NBA teams are.’ It was like you’re in a dream and you don’t want to open your eyes you don’t want to end that dream. Oklahoma City has been like that for me.’’ Deseret News

Kanter wasn’t totally negative in his comments, saying he still “respects” the coaches and players in Utah, that he still has some friends here and that “I’m really happy for both sides,’’ after the trade. But he didn’t shy away from saying how much better things are for him in Oklahoma City. “I love it,’’ he said. “It’s something I never experienced before and I actually love playing basketball there and am so comfortable. Everything — the fans, the coaches the team . . . it is amazing. Everything fell into place and I never felt anything like that before. It’s just so different.’’ Deseret News

March 28, 2015 Updates

Andy Larsen: Enes Kanter ripped the Jazz org in his interview today. He pretended to hold back, but that wasn't a holding back. "I love it. It's a team that I've never experienced before. I actually like playing basketball there. I think the difference is I like playing basketball there. I think that's the most important thing. I never liked playing basketball before in my NBA career. It's the first time that I felt like playing basketball. It wasn't just a one game, two game frustration, it was a three and a half year frustration. I'm happy for both sides." Twitter @andyblarsen

March 24, 2015 Updates

Kanter, in particular, has altered the dynamics of the Thunder’s offense since his arrival from Utah. He’s the first legit post-up presence OKC has had and already, in 14 games since the trade, has all five 20-10 games from a Thunder center in history. He’s averaging 17.8 points and 11.1 rebounds on 56 percent shooting this month. “No, not at all,” Adams, who defended Kanter a ton when he was with the Jazz, said when asked if he knew Kanter had this type of offensive skill. “I was like, ‘What? This is surprising.’ But I don’t know. He’s just a lot more comfortable here I think.” Oklahoman

Kanter, clearly, is playing with a freedom and joy he lacked during a tumultuous end in Utah. He’s pointed to a firmer role and winning culture as the reasons. “We’re playing for a ring,” he says. But the Thunder’s expressed commitment to him long-term also seems to be a factor. Oklahoman

March 23, 2015 Updates

On Sunday, Kanter finished with 27 points and 12 rebounds, with Westbrook setting up six of his 12 buckets. That's Kanter's ninth double-double since joining the Thunder. In the Thunder's seven-year history in OKC, they'd never had a center register a 20-10 game; Kanter has five already with the Thunder. "We're implementing new sets by the day to figure out how use his best post-ups, how he likes to catch them, and where he likes to catch on the move, if he likes to catch from a diagonal pick, or a cross screen, or a rip screen," Brooks said. "We just have to figure that out as we see him play in games, but I think he's done a good job and Russell's done a good job finding him." ESPN.com

March 21, 2015 Updates

They traded future first-round picks for Dion Waiters and Enes Kanter in separate deals, and though those players are young and the picks protected, those are the sort of win-now moves the Thunder hadn’t engaged in until this season. They are the mark of a team that knows time is precious — that failure today carries a scary downside that is no longer so far in the distance. And as rival executives note, those moves — especially the acquisition of a low-post scorer like Kanter who has a nice pick-and-pop chemistry with Westbrook — provide the road map for a post-Durant team in the worst-case scenario of his departure. Grantland

March 19, 2015 Updates

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