You’ve said that you’ve had some offers from the NBA during the past summer, but Anadolu Efes’ role satisfied you the best. Did you have a guaranteed offer from an NBA team that you came close to signing with? Shane Larkin: I had a multi-year guaranteed deal in the NBA. It was good money, similar money to what I was going to be getting here in Efes, but things just didn’t work out the way that we wanted them to and now I’m back in Efes. I’m happy to be here and I’m happy to have another opportunity to win a EuroLeague championship. It would’ve been a great opportunity, but things didn’t work out. It’s all good and I’m back in Efes where I love to be. Back in a country where I love living. I love my life, love my situation here in Efes, love being in Istanbul. We’re now going to make the best out of this season and try to get what we’ve been chasing for the last three years.
Enes Kanter: The IRONY! #DictatorErdogan says Macron needs “mental checks” but Erdogan is the LUNATIC! 1) @EmmanuelMacron says he is against RADICAL Muslims. 2) @RTErdogan himself works w/ ISIS while he imprisons, tortures & kills innocent people Erdogan is the one who needs mental checks
Enes Kanter: Unbelievable!! This screenshot was taken in Turkey. They literally are trying to do everything they can to stop freedom of speech! This is proof of how much dictatorships are scared of strong voices.
Enes Kanter: What a shame! Turkish government & @RTErdogan decided to ban all #NBAPlayoffs games between #Celtics vs #Sixers on Turkish Televisions. This is literally pure Dictatorship. Sorry Turkish #NBA fans that you guys have to deal with this kind of Bullsh*t.
Earlier today, Sacramento Kings assistant coach Igor Kokoskov departed Orlando to begin his next chapter as the new head coach of the EuroLeague’s Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul. “I’d like to congratulate Igor on his promotion to head coach of Fenerbahce and thank him for his dedicated time with the Kings,” said Sacramento Kings head coach Luke Walton. “He has been a valuable member of my coaching staff and his natural ability to guide our players will continue to inspire the team as we move forward in Orlando. We wish him all the best.”
Enes Kanter is accusing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of “using his goons” to send him daily death threats, including one that claims an order to decapitate the outspoken Celtics center has been given. Kanter, 28, posted four screenshots of messages Thursday he says he received among the “thousands” of death threats he gets every day as a longtime and vocal critic of the Turkish government.