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Celtics’ Enes Kanter admits initial concern about NBA suspension, Rudy Gobert’s positive test

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Boston Celtics big man Enes Kanter didn’t quite believe the news when the NBA suspended the season following Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert’s positive coronavirus test.

Things started to get real for Kanter pretty soon and the Celtics forward began to worry if he had contracted the virus.

As transcribed by Abigail Adams of NESN:

“I was watching this game on TV — I think it was Dallas (Mavericks) against Denver (Nuggets) — and at the same time I’m, of course, looking at the news and what’s going on and stuff,” Enes Kanter told NBC Sports Boston’s Chris Forsberg on the latest edition of The Enes Kanter Show. “And then, the news just broke out, they said, ‘The NBA just got suspended.’ And I’m like, ‘What?!’

“As soon as I hear that, I went up to my trainer’s room. I said, ‘Hey, what’s going on? What are we going to do?’ And he said, ‘… We don’t know how long it’s going to be. Let’s just see what’s going to happen.’ I thought to myself, ‘We played against those guys 10 days before.’ Then I’m like, ‘OK that game, did I guard him?’ It doesn’t matter if I guarded him or not, are we touching the same basketball? So, it was a lot of questions going through your mind and stuff. But even if you don’t have it, you worry about if your teammates got it or not.”

Celtics shooting guard Marcus Smart was the only Boston player to contract the virus. However, Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell, Christian Wood and Kevin Durant have tested positive.

Before the season got suspended, Kanter and the Celtics were in third place in the Eastern Conference standings. Boston had an impressive record of 43-21.

Kanter is in his first season with the Celtics after splitting time with the New York Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers in 2018-19. The 27-year-old appeared in 51 games for Boston prior to play being suspended, averaging 8.2 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 22.3 minutes per contest.