Enes Kanter truly loves playing for the New York Knicks.
Most veteran players wouldn’t want to stick around and wait for a team to rebuild with younger players.
Not New York Knicks’ center Enes Kanter. He made it clear on Saturday that he loves playing in New York and doesn’t want to go anywhere else.
“No, why would it? I like this place, man. It’s weird because people are scared to come to New York because they think it’s like, ‘Oh, New York is scary.’ But I think this organization is good.”
Kanter said that players are scared to play in New York City.
“I don’t understand there is a (premise) in the NBA, ‘Oh New York is scary’ It’s good in here. Good people, good basketball… I said it before… That’s where I want to be that’s where I want to retire so I hope I stay there for a long time.”
Enes Kanter on his conversation with Kristaps Porzingis in the wake of Porzingis' ACL tear and on why he wants to remain in New York for a long time: pic.twitter.com/10lA8BErej
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I’m not sure how long Kanter plans on sticking around, but I imagine that he’ll be on the Knicks’ roster through at least next season, given the fact that he’s expected to pick up his player option this summer.
Kanter has been a breathe of fresh air this season for the Knicks with his toughness and ability to grab rebounds and pick up the slack as a scorer. He’s been averaging a double-double so far this season with 14 points and 10 rebounds per game.