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The Enes Kanter Show: Joining Brad Stevens Book Club and praise for Adam Silver's handling of NBA shutdown

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The Enes Kanter Show: Joining Brad Stevens Book Club and praise for Adam Silver's handling of NBA shutdown

Boston Celtics big man Enes Kanter admits he’s bored while social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic but he’s found one thing to keep him busy: The Brad Stevens Book Club.

Kanter, who only Monday found out that he tested negative for the coronavirus, said he’s immersed himself in books and documentaries while quarantined in his Boston apartment.

“There’s this book, coach Brad gave it to us prob two months ago, called ‘Leaders Eat Last,’” Kanter said on the latest edition of The Enes Kanter Show podcast while picking at a stack of books in his apartment. “I think motivation is really important now. You gotta keep your spirits up.

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“This is the best time to educate yourself. Read a lot of books, watch some documentaries, or do something that you’ve never done before.”

Kanter admits he’s “bored, very bored,” but stressed how important it is for everyone to practice social distancing during this pandemic.

“If you’re not social distancing, self-isolation, you are a big selfish person,” said Kanter. “Because you’re not just affecting yourself, you’re affecting thousands or millions of people…Be smart, stay in your house.”

Kanter said that unlike many NBA players with sprawling home gyms, he doesn’t have such a luxury with a small apartment.

“I’ve gained probably six-seven pounds in like 10 days. I look in the mirror and I’m like, ‘Man, I’m getting a little chubby.’ No, seriously,” said Kanter. “I don’t have a house, I have an apartment. There’s no yard to go run around. It’s a small apartment. I can do some pushups, situps. That’s it.”

Kanter joked that he’s down to one box of cereal and some fruit. He’s relying heavily on Uber Eats for nourishment. But he’s not panicking about toilet paper.

“You know you cannot eat toilet paper, right? America, you cannot eat toilet paper,” quipped Kanter. “What makes me really mad is when people get all the toilet paper, or more than they need, and other people, like older people who really need it, they can’t find it. Only take what you need…Where is the kindness?”

Kanter said he and his teammates were scheduled to have a zoom video conference with a Harvard professor on Monday afternoon. He’s checked in with many of his Celtics teammates during the downtime, trying to maintain chemistry. He admits he’s uncertain if and when basketball will resume.

Kanter also reached out to teammate Marcus Smart after his positive test for the coronavirus.

“Let me tell you something, that virus has never faced anyone like Marcus Smart,” said Kanter. “I know he’s going to stay strong. He’s going to stay positive. He’s going to do whatever he can to beat that virus.”

Kanter praised the NBA for their quick response to the virus.

“If there was no end of the season this year, I feel like we should give the MVP to Adam Silver. He’s been doing an amazing job, just keeping the players safe.”

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This story shows just how excited Kemba Walker was to become a Celtic

This story shows just how excited Kemba Walker was to become a Celtic

Boston Celtics fans were ecstatic last summer to find out Kemba Walker would be their new starting point guard, and the feeling was mutual.

After Walker agreed to join the C's on a four-year, $141 million max deal, he couldn't help but tell the world. Walker's sister, Sharifa Nesbitt, described Kemba's excitement upon joining the Celtics in an excellent feature written by Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe.

When Walker and his sister returned to Charlotte on June 27, his decision had been all but made. A man at the airport asked if he was going to re-sign with the Hornets, and Walker told him that he was going to become a Celtic, breaking the news himself in a busy terminal.

'He was telling whoever would ask,” Sharifa said with a chuckle. 'He was just happy.'

It's been all smiles for Walker on the court during the 2019-20 season as well. The 29-year-old has quickly become the heart and soul of the C's and has drastically improved the team's chemistry after last year's tumultuous campaign.

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After what Walker went through with the Charlotte Hornets, it's no surprise he was so thrilled to join a perennial contender like Boston. Charlotte only had two winning seasons since drafting Walker in 2011.

Walker is averaging 20.0 points, 4.9 assists, and 4.1 rebounds through 50 games played this season, and he'll be a huge factor in the Celtics' success if and when the NBA season finally resumes.

You can read Himmelsbach's full feature on Walker here.

Celtics' Marcus Smart makes perfect comment about NBA's HORSE challenge

Celtics' Marcus Smart makes perfect comment about NBA's HORSE challenge

We'll finally get to see some basketball action -- sort of -- when NBA's "HORSE Challenge" begins Sunday night.

Unfortunately, Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart won't be participating despite being a master trick-shot artist.  He did, however, chime in with an idea for a contest he'd love to be a part of.

"Let’s play H-O-R-S-E with defense and see how that works out ;)," he tweeted Thursday night.

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Sounds right up the potential Defensive Player of the Year's alley.

Although Smart won't get the chance to show off his trick-shot prowess, one former Celtic will. Paul Pierce is set to be one of the eight contestants in the competition.

Smart tested positive for the coronavirus last month, but he has since been cleared. The 26-year-old recently appeared on CNN to discuss the importance of social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic and donated his plasma to the National COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Project.