Enes Kanter Show Podcast: Idle Celtics at a competitive disadvantage?

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Enes Kanter Show Podcast: Idle Celtics at a competitive disadvantage?

With the coronavirus quarantine entering its second month, we've all had our routines thrown out of whack and have been trying to stay busy. That goes for NBA players, too.

On the latest "Enes Kanter Show" podcast, Kanter is joined by fellow Celtics big man Vincent Poirier who had a hilarious response to Chris Forsberg's question about what he's been doing to stay in shape. 

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"All I can say is they call me Vinnie Sex Pants for a reason," the 7-footer from France quipped, putting a new twist on the nickname he gave himself after announcing he was about to become a father. 

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Turning attention to their long-awaited return to the court as some NBA teams opened their practice facilities Friday in states that have eased restrictions, Kanter said doesn't begrudge teams that are getting a jump on workouts ahead of the Celtics, who are still waiting with Massachusetts' stay-at-home order in place until May 18.

In fact, even before getting back to work, the Philadelphia 76ers have already talked about preparing for a playoff matchup with the Celtics.

"You can look at it both ways. Obviously, of course, it's not fair one state starts early, one state does not start early," Kanter said. "But at the same time, I don't blame them. Obviously, every player wants to go out there and play basketball so I'm not going to be like, 'Oh, 'I don't want to Philly to practice or I don't want this team to practice.' But good for them, just to get into that gym and smell that atmosphere because we all miss it. I'm not going to be like, 'Oh, this is not fair.' 

The Celtics teammates also run down their favorite celebrity guests on their team Zoom conference calls (Mark Wahlberg? LL Cool J? Ken Jeong?) and Kanter reveals one he's invited to join. It's all on "The Enes Kanter Show" podcast on the NBC Sports Boston Podcast network. It can also be viewed on YouTube:



Enes Kanter Show Podcast: Who are the Celtics' best HORSE players?

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Enes Kanter Show Podcast: Who are the Celtics' best HORSE players?

With the NBA about to debut its HORSE contest among players and former players (Hello, Paul Pierce) while the coronavirus quarantine continues, Celtics big man Enes Kanter knows one of the C's who SHOULDN'T be included if the competition catches on.

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"If they start shooting 3s, I'm done," Kanter told Chris Forsberg on the latest episode of The Enes Kanter Show Podcast. "Definitely not me."

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Kanter was joined on the pod by fellow C's big man Daniel Theis and they were quick to suggest teammate Marcus Smart, known for his trick-shot prowess. Though Smart quipped earlier this week that he'd like defense to be included in the contests.

Beyond Smart, "I'm thinking Jaylen Brown or Jayson Tatum might be pretty good," Kanter suggested.  

"Probably Tremont," Theis said, nominating rookie Tremont Waters, whose 5-foot-10 size is made up for with his shot repertoire.

Boston's international duo - Kanter from Turkey, Theis from Germany - have bonded as teammates this season, and have something in common that Kanter never realized. 

Their age. 

"I played against him the past, I thought he was 34, 35 years old," Kanter recalled of their first meeting as Celtics. "He said, 'Dude I'm the same age as you [27]."

Theis is glad they've joined forces. "I hated playing against him," he said. "He can move fast and he stays in the paint for rebounds every time, so I hated playing against him because of his rebounding ability and I was fighting with him."

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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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