Enes Kanter likes to have fun on Twitter.
But the Boston Celtics big man also has to look out for his own.
That's why, when ESPN analyst (and former Celtic) Kendrick Perkins openly proposed that the Celtics trade Gordon Hayward for Steven Adams to give them their "missing piece," Kanter snapped back.
On the latest episode of "The Enes Kanter Show," Kanter explained to NBC Sports Boston's Chris Forsberg why couldn't let Perkins' tweet slide.
I look at it this way: This is my family. My teammates are like my brothers. ... And it doesn't matter who you are. I will not let anyone mess with my brothers.
You don't know what Gordon or anyone else is going through. People respect Perkins a lot, and I respect him too. But for him to just go out there and say it like that, I was like, 'You cannot mess with my family like that."
The Celtics have been involved in speculation about adding a big man before the Feb. 6 trade deadline. This current group is tight-knit, though, and it's nice to see Kanter standing up for Hayward, who was also his teammate for three-plus seasons on the Utah Jazz.
"Our locker room is our locker room," Kanter added. "We won't let any distraction or outside voice break us down."
Check out the full episode below -- Kanter also discusses his fondest memories of the late Kobe Bryant and growing up a Lakers fan in Turkey -- and subscribe to "The Enes Kanter Show" on the NBC Sports Boston Podcast Network.
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