Knicks big man Enes Kanter calls himself ‘the best Turkish player to ever play the game’
An Enes Kanter omission through NBA Europe’s Instagram post was enough cause for the New York Knicks center to toot his own horn and declare himself as the best ever to come from his homeland of Turkey.
The post previously featured three of the four Turkish players in the league: Cedi Osman of the Cleveland Cavalier, Ersan Ilyasova of the Milwaukee Bucks, and Furkan Korkmaz of the Philadelphia 76ers, clearly omitting the Knicks big man, which he took major offense to and pointed to as a tactic to avoid problems with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
“Wow! Scared to put my name up there lol. U scared little rats Turkish #DictatorErdogan affects,” he wrote, then added in another post, per Marc Berman of The New York Post. “The Association is supposed to stand up for inclusion and human rights. Stop freaking scared of a #Dictator and do what is right. I hope you learned from this lesson.”
The NBA apologized and issued a re-hashed graphic with Enes Kanter in it, and while he insisted in being “the better man,” what he was really looking forward to was being recognized as the “best” man.
“They put something out, forgot to put me and changed it later,’’ Kanter said. “They called and gave an apology. I’m going to be a bigger man and accept it. I felt disrespected, definitely.”
“It’s Europe, man. Anything can happen,’’ Kanter added when asked if he had his doubts. “I’m the best Turkish player to ever play the game.’’
Apology Accepted. pic.twitter.com/LHOtcLPPGz
— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) December 3, 2018
Former Turkish players like Hedo Turkoglu and Mehmet Okur would also require consideration in this matter, but that is all likely way over Enes Kanter’s head at the moment.