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Even as the Boston Celtics were introducing new point guard Kemba Walker at their practice facility, there was still a lot of attention on the old one. The Celtics and their fans still haven’t gotten over Kyrie Irving’s brief flameout in Boston, where he joined a conference finalist but never really clicked. Irving left for the Brooklyn Nets, and Walker will try to replace him. Walker also helped recruit fellow Celtics newcomer Enes Kanter.
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden wants to ensure Portland center Enes Kanter, whom Turkey wants arrested for his criticism of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, will be able to safely travel to Canada for a possible NBA championship series against Toronto. The Oregon senator wrote to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asking that his government facilitate Kanter’s safe passage to and from Canada if the Trail Blazers advance. The Blazers must still get past the Golden State Warriors.
The NBA reacted in support of Portland’s Enes Kanter, not long after the league’s Turkish-centric Twitter account failed to mention Kanter’s efforts in the Trail Blazers’ win over Denver in Game 2 of the teams’ Western Conference semifinal series. The league also fired the Turkish company in charge of operating that account. It’s the latest twist in a long saga, one where the Turkish government has sought Kanter’s arrest and he has claimed that the government censors him.
Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter’s status for the second round of the playoffs remains uncertain as Portland waits to learn its opponent. Kanter says he separated his left shoulder early on during Portland’s deciding Game 5 against Oklahoma City in the opening round. Despite the injury, Kanter had 13 points and 13 rebounds in the 118-115 victory over the Thunder. Portland faces either Denver or San Antonio in a second-round series beginning Monday.
Center Enes Kanter has joined the Portland Trail Blazers. Kanter was waived by the New York Knicks along with Wesley Matthews following the trade deadline last week. He was once a starter for the Knicks but fell out of the rotation altogether when the team turned its focus to younger players.
Turkish prosecutors are seeking an international arrest warrant for New York Knicks player Enes Kanter, accusing him of membership in a terror organization.
The Anadolu news agency in Turkey says the father of Oklahoma City Thunder player Enes Kanter was detained in his Istanbul home. Mehmet Kanter is being sent to Tekirdag province for questioning. The Dogan news agency says it’s part of an investigation into connections to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. Mehmet Kanter has disowned his son for his public support of Gulen, blamed by the Turkish government for last summer’s failed coup attempt.
Oklahoma City center Enes Kanter said Monday he routinely received death threats for criticizing the government of his native Turkey, and he may seek an expedited process toward becoming a U.S. citizen.
Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter is returning to the United States after being detained in a Romanian airport. Romanian Border Police spokesman Fabian Badila confirmed to The Associated Press that the player left Romania for the United States via London. Kanter is from Turkey and says in a video Saturday morning on his Twitter account that he was held because of his political views. He later posted he’d hold a press conference in New York on Sunday.