Enes Kanter

The Enes Kanter Show: Kanter sounds off on Kevin Durant for OKC remarks

The Enes Kanter Show: Kanter sounds off on Kevin Durant for OKC remarks

Enes Kanter didn't take too kindly to Kevin Durant's remarks about his former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder.

During a recent appearance on "All The Smoke" with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, Durant said he "didn't play with a lot of skilled guys" during his time with OKC.

“I was tired of playing in that system," Durant said. "I was tired of having to be the only guy that can make threes, make jump shots — consistently make them.”

That drew the ire of Kanter, who responded to those comments on Twitter.

In this week’s episode of The Enes Kanter Show, Boston’s big man went into more depth with host Chris Forsberg about why he is so displeased with his ex-teammate.

Let's talk about the facts. That playoff series, you (Durant) were seventh on the team in 3-point shooting percentage. That's one.

Second, you said 'no skilled players,' right? You played with Russell Westbrook, MVP of the league. You played with James Harden. You played with Serge Ibaka. You played with defenders like Andre Roberson. You played with Steven Adams. Me and Dion Waiters were coming off the bench.

This is what I will say, if you were like the leader that people were talking about, if you were the player that people have been talking about, you don't quit. You know? You don't just quit. You just go out there and try and make your team better.

That is my thing, you know? Like look what happened to Russell Westbrook. He was just like, 'OK this is my team now, this is all on my shoulders, and I'm going to try to carry this team as far as it goes.' We did our best, we made the playoffs that year again, and we lost in the first round. But like, hey, we fought through it.

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Durant won't play for the Nets this season as he continues to recover from his Achilles injury. When he does return, he'll form a fearsome duo with ex-C's guard Kyrie Irving.

Kanter knows the Celtics-Nets rivalry will be worth the price of admission, and then some, once Durant and Irving are playing together against Boston at TD Garden.

"That'll be wild," Kanter said. "I'm probably going to sell those tickets for like 1,000 bucks each."

Also discussed on the show was Kanter's excitement to not be moved at the trade deadline, the frustrating officiating during C's-Rockets, and much more. You can listen to the new episode of The Enes Kanter Show on YouTube or your favorite podcasting app.

Hawks-Celtics Takeaways: Undermanned C's keep on finding ways to win

Hawks-Celtics Takeaways: Undermanned C's keep on finding ways to win

BOSTON -- It was a sight we had never seen before: Tremont Waters, Brad Wanamaker, Romeo Langford, Semi Ojeleye and Vincent Poirier on the floor against Atlanta … in the first quarter!

Injuries have left the Celtics little choice but to take a look at all sorts of lineups this season. 

And this group, much like most of the tinkering done by Celtics head coach Brad Stevens, had the kind of success that factored into Boston continuing on its winning ways with a 112-107 victory over the Hawks.

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Boston (36-15) has now won six in a row, doing so once again with an undermanned roster with Gordon Hayward (foot), Daniel Theis (ankle) both out. 

Despite the Hawks being without All-Star Trae Young (right ankle contusion), Atlanta gave the Celtics all they could handle courtesy of the 1-2 punch of John Collins and Kevin Huerter who had 30 and 25 points, respectively. 

JAYSON TATUM

Kemba Walker was back on the floor, but this was yet another game in which Jayson Tatum was Boston’s best player. 

He continues to play at an All-Star level at both ends of the floor, mixing in an array of drives to the basket, jumpers and post-ups. 

The improvement in Tatum’s overall game is undeniable. Having Walker back in the mix, it’s good to see it still on display when he’s playing with a fellow All-Star like Kemba. 

Tatum led all scorers with 32 points, tallying 30 or more points in back-to-back games for the first time in his NBA career. Tatum also had six assists and four rebounds.

ROMEO LANGFORD

The more we see him play, the clearer it becomes he’s more than capable of helping the Celtics when he gets an opportunity to play. 

And he’s doing the little things at both ends of the floor. 

During one third-quarter sequence, he contested a shot at the rim and soon sprinted back towards offense where he was greeted with a pass in transition that led to a pair of free throws. 

By no means is he ready to be a full-time starter, but it’s reassuring for the Celtics to know that he can deliver when called upon as he finished with a career-high 16 points and five rebounds which included a clutch 3-pointer in the fourth that pushed Boston’s lead to 104-96 with less than three minutes to play. 

ENES KANTER

Starting, coming off the bench. It doesn’t seem to have much of an effect on Enes Kanter’s impact on the floor. He would finish with 16 points and 15 rebounds for his eighth double-double this season, but first as a starter this season. 

The Celtics punished the Hawks inside with several players contributing, but there was no bigger mismatch than whoever the Hawks had guarding Kanter.

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Enes Kanter pulls off successful NBA trade deadline troll with cryptic tweet

Enes Kanter pulls off successful NBA trade deadline troll with cryptic tweet

If you freaked out over Enes Kanter's cryptic tweet Thursday afternoon -- blame Chris Forsberg.

Less than 90 minutes before the 3 p.m. ET NBA trade deadline, Kanter sent out the dreaded "eye emoji" tweet, leading nervous Boston Celtics fans to wonder if Danny Ainge had a last-minute trade up his sleeve.

Here's a sampling of reactions to Kanter's tweet:

Some media outlets even ran with Kanter's mysterious tweet:

But here's the thing: Forsberg, our NBC Sports Boston Insider, co-hosts "The Enes Kanter Show" podcast with the Celtics big man.

And on this week's episode, Forsberg put Kanter up to a little gag.

"Please do this: At some point in the next 24 hours, just use the 'eyes emoji'," Forsberg said. "Trae Young did it (Monday), and people freaked out."

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Consider the troll executed, as the Celtics didn't make any moves Thursday prior to the 3 p.m. deadline.

To complete the cycle, Kanter sent out pretty awesome video just after 3 p.m. celebrating the fact that he isn't being traded:

Kanter's joy over not being traded is a good sign that he's enjoying his tenure in Boston. The 27-year-old is averaging 9.4 points and 8.2 rebounds while playing 18.7 minutes per game and seems to fit well in a Celtics locker room with some strong chemistry.

Just don't pull our collective leg too many more times, Enes.

Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of the NBA trade deadline. Thursday at 7 p.m., tune into our Celtics Trade Deadline Special with Mike, Kyle, Scal, Chris & Sherrod plus an interview with Danny Ainge.