Celtics’ Enes Kanter admits he was rooting for Team USA over Turkey
Boston Celtics big man Enes Kanter says he was rooting for Team USA to beat Turkey in the FIBA World Cup.
USA won by a final score of 93-92 in overtime. Kanter was rooting for the Americans because four of his new Celtics teammates — Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart — were on Team USA.
Also, Kanter’s passport is currently suspended by Turkey for his criticism of the government, so he isn’t the biggest fan of Turkey at the moment:
Who did Enes Kanter root for when Turkey played USA?
"There is this one side, don't really want me to be in their country, and one side gave me a home … and four of my brothers are playing for that team. So I was definitely cheering for Team USA."
— Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) September 19, 2019
At his introductory press conference in Boston, Kanter said one of the main reasons he signed with the Celtics is because Walker recruited him once free agency started on June 30.
Kanter averaged 13.7 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 67 games with the Knicks and Blazers last season while shooting 54.9 percent from the field and 78.7 percent from the free-throw line. He will have a big role on the Celtics, as Boston lost All-Star big man Al Horford to the Philadelphia 76ers in free agency and traded Aron Baynes to the Phoenix Suns.
Team USA had a rough FIBA World Cup by finishing in seventh place. However, Kanter was happy to see them beat Turkey at least.