While the notion Enes Kanter “enemy the state” standing in his native Turkey is not one thing we have simply discovered on the eve the Knicks’ journey to London. Since the abroad matchup with the Washington Wizards was introduced, Kanter has been scuffling with the query whether or not it could be in his greatest curiosity to take part within the journey together with his teammates.
There’s an actual concern that if he steps foot in Europe, he will likely be simpler to trace. His suspicion is that Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan and his supporters would relish the chance to see him killed, as loopy as which may sound. Kanter first drew the ire president Erdogan attributable to his assist an exiled political opponent.
Although Turkey is not within the EU, as soon as Kanter crosses the European frontier, he turns into simpler to trace. For the final 12 months or so, Kanter has been airing on the secure aspect by avoiding worldwide journey, save for journeys in Toronto to face the Raptors. Incidentally, Kanter got here to his choice someday earlier than Friday evening’s contest with the Los Angeles Lakers. After the sport, he spilled the beans with the media at his beck and name.
“It’s fairly unhappy that simply all these things impacts my profession and basketball as a result of I need to be on the market serving to my workforce win. But simply because that one lunatic man, one maniac or dictator, I can not even go on the market and simply do my job. So it is fairly unhappy,” Kanter advised the media, who had been little question shocked to listen to how drastic the scenario with Erdogan had turn out to be.
A startled reporter then requested him to elaborate on the ble menace assassination posed by Erdogan and his supporters, to which he responded “Oh yeah, simple,” in a resolute method. “They’ve obtained lots spies there,” he defined. “I can get killed very simple. That will likely be a really ugly scenario.” The Knicks and Wizards meet in London on January 17th, with out Kanter within the combine.