Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter will be the first to tell you that he had a great time with the New York Knicks. However, he was also one who pointed out that there are certain players who have expressed their frustrations with the ownership.
This is why some Knicks fans found it weird that he was all friendly with team owner James Dolan after they hugged it out on the aftermath of the Celtics’ 113-104 victory at the Madison Square Garden.
Kanter was understandably questioned by the fans for his actions to the point that he felt the need to defend them. He said that he’s actually friends with the owner, who isn’t loved the same way by a good section of ‘Bockers fans.
Per Bleacher Report’s Michael Sotto, Kanter and Dolan actually communicate from time to time.
“We text,” Kanter began. “We’re actually really cool buddies now. I’ve got no problem with him. Some other people can have a problem with him, but I’ve got no problem with him.”
For what it’s worth, Kanter’s actions don’t seem to contradict the things he said during the offseason about the Knicks.
Don’t let Enes Kanter’s remarks about James Dolan tonight (via @MikeAScotto) make you think he is contradicting what he told @HowardBeck this summer.
He has heard other players don’t like the Knicks ownership situation, but he enjoyed his time in NY and gets along with Dolan pic.twitter.com/SrJOUCb1Wh
— JB (@JeffreyBellone) December 2, 2019
Kanter was a solid center during his one-and-a-half year stint at basketball’s Mecca. He averaged 14.0 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists on 57 percent shooting. He wore the Knicks jersey with pride in spite of the fact that they struggled to win a lot of games during his time there.
The Turkish big man had a solid outing against his former team as a Celtic, scoring 11 points and grabbing 11 boards in 15 minutes of action. He also managed to get a block in the process.