Enes Kanter has been coming off the bench within the New York Knicks’ previous two video games, and he did not sound too pleased about his new role after Saturday’s 129-97 loss to the Utah Jazz.
“I do not perceive,” he stated. “That is too early within the season to shut me down. My purpose is to go on the market and take a look at to be an All-Star this 12 months. That was my purpose. However now, take a look at the state of affairs. You’ll be able to’t do something about it. You’ve got received to keep constructive. Simply received to keep constructive.”
Kanter was changed within the beginning lineup by second-year heart Luke Kornet earlier this week. He had began the Knicks’ earlier 19 video games.
Kanter expressed his frustration after the Knicks fell behind by as many as 46 factors of their loss to the Jazz. He went scoreless in 17 minutes, lacking all six pictures within the sport.
“It is embarrassing,” Kanter stated after New York misplaced for the 12th time in its previous 13 video games. “It does not matter if we’re on the street or we’re at house. We’re down by like 40 or 50. It is very embarrassing. I perceive we would like our younger guys to get higher. However it’s very painful to watch it. I strive to keep constructive and assist the younger guys get higher, however like I stated, I do not know why they’re doing that.”
Kanter is a free agent this summer time. The Knicks plan to have sufficient cap house to signal a prime free agent within the coming offseason. To do this and convey Kanter again, they’d probably have to surrender the veteran heart and re-sign him to a wage considerably decrease than the $18.6 million he is making this season.
“I simply need to go on the market and play basketball,” Kanter stated. “I would like to win. I do not know why they’re shutting me down. I simply need to go on the market and win. It does not matter starter or come off the bench. I believe each gamers job to simply go on the market and combat each minute on the court docket. That is what I would like to do. Simply need to go on the market and simply play basketball. So I do not perceive why they’re shutting me down.”
ESPN’s Ian Begley contributed to this report.