New York Knicks’ center Enes Kanter is one tough guy after playing one day after being on crutches.
Even though New York Knicks center Enes Kanter was on crutches after Saturday’s loss to the Chicago Bulls, he decided to play on Sunday night against the Atlanta Hawks.
After the Knicks win over the Hawks, Kanter explained why he played against Atlanta.
“Let me tell you this: if you want to make the playoffs, you need to make some sacrifices,” Kanter said. “And tonight it was tough, especially last night. When I woke up this morning, I was having a hard time. It was just – I took some pills, I don’t know how I’m going to feel tonight or tomorrow when I wake up – but we got the win. Came with the crutches, played the game, leaving with the crutches now. I think I just feel like you cannot be selfish like that if you want to make the playoffs. I didn’t think about the injuries. I didn’t think about if I’m in pain or not – just go out and play.
“I was in pain but (the doctors) just literally said, ‘Hey, if you want to play, we’re not going to say don’t play.’ They just said, ‘Okay, it’s your decision.’ And I just went out there to try to get loose a little bit. I was feeling sharp pain. When I’m in the game zone I don’t even think about it. I’m just happy that we got the win.”
Knicks’ star Kristaps Porzingis praised Kanter’s grit and toughness.
“I want to say something about Enes,” Porzingis said. “This guy came in crutches today. I’ve never seen anything like that. He was able to play, starting the game. That guy is unbelievable. He’s a warrior.”
“He’s the first guy by the way I’ve ever seen come to a game on crutches, still start the game and he’s about to leave on crutches,” Jack said. “I’ve never seen that before in my 13 years in the league.”
Kanter only played 18 minutes and added eight points and five rebounds, but his energy and grit is exactly what the Knicks needs, whether he plays only 18 minutes or 28 minutes and he knows it. They feed off of him.