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March 31, 2015 Updates

On the final day of transfers, Kanter moved from his former team, the Utah Jazz, to his new team, the Oklahoma City Thunder. “One of the things I first noticed about OKC Thunder is its professionalism. It is a sense of professionalism that encompasses everything, from the way the team is led to the way the system in general runs,” he said. “You could say I have really found a very comfortable atmosphere here. This team also really has a more successful cadre than what we had on the Jazz. It is a situation that not only makes playing more satisfying, but also allows you to think about building a more successful career. Of course, what we have before us on the horizon is the target of a NBA championship. I don't know if that will happen this year. We have a team that has the potential to do this. Let's just say ‘Inşallah'.” Today's Zaman

“What's more, no one should think, ‘Ah, that Enes Kanter, he's just pursuing fame and fortune, not even one part of his mind is on Turkey these days.' In one sense they are right as Turkey does not lie in just one corner of my mind but right in the middle of my heart. I want everyone out there to know that I am doing my best to see that our flag becomes one which is respected no matter where you go in the world,” he said. “Maybe this was a very long answer, but the topic really bothers me, which is why I wanted to express this all one more time. Let all the basketball lovers reading this know that this year and in future years when I am playing, I will definitely be suiting up in our national team uniform. With pride.” Today's Zaman

March 30, 2015 Updates
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

 

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