Fred Katz: Enes Kanter, who can become a free agent this summer, on why he’s not traveling: “It wouldn’t be cool, especially before I sign my contract. Then, maybe go. If I die, at least let me get the money.” Kanter had his passport cancelled by the Turkish government last summer.
Adrian Wojnarowski: After leading a Turkish team to the Eurocup championship this season, Blatt is only one of two coaches to have won the Eurocup, Euroleague and Eurobasket titles. twitter.com/wojespn/status…
He had less love for Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Kanter’s criticism of Erdogan has left him persona non grata in his home country with a warrant for his arrest. And Monday he tweeted an article about a dentist back home who had been sentenced to 7 ¹/₂ years in jail just because Kanter had posed for a picture with two men in his clinic. “It’s just sad because he was friend. I took a picture on his balcony and now he’s in jail for 7 ½ years. “That’s crazy,” Kanter said. “It just shows … the Turkish government, how messed up the situation is right now. I put those things out there so people can see how messed up the situation is. All I can do is pray.”