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Thunder news: Enes Kanter had to tone down eating lots of Turkish food to improve his physique

Oklahoma City Thunder big man Enes Kanter has been hard at work transforming his body this offseason. In a video posted by Erik Horne of The Oklahoman on Twitter, Kanter opened up to the media about what inspired him to dedicate his summer to improving his physique:

“I looked in the mirror. I’m like, ‘Man, I see a fat man. Look at that man, I feel fat,'” Kanter said. “Not just feel fat, just look fat, too. I needed like a bra or something. I kept eating all this Turkish food. I was like, I need to stop doing it. I need to just — the season is coming. It’s a really important season for us. I need to be in shape.”

Kanter shared a video of one of his workouts on Twitter a couple weeks ago, which saw him looking noticeably ripped:

Enes Kanter averaged 14.3 points and 6.7 rebounds in 21.3 minutes per game for the Thunder last season as their primary backup big man and bench scorer. However, he has remained a major defensive liability, particularly in the playoffs.

Hopefully for the Thunder, Kanter’s significantly-improved physique helps him get better on that end of the court. At the very least, his leaner build should help him be that much more productive offensively to make up for his lack of defensive ability.