GREENBURGH, N.Y. - Enes Kanter believes he's on a Knicks team that should challenge for a spot in the NBA playoffs, but says folks in his native Turkey -- a nation of almost 80 million -- are unable to watch his games because he's been an outspoken critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
"Yeah, I got a lot of friends and family [who] cannot watch my games," Kanter told SNY.tv on Thursday after practice.
"They don't even show no New York Knicks games in Turkey because of me. Last year they didn't show no OKC games. This year no New York games just because of me. And they ban my Twitter in Turkey, too." One league source said it's "obvious" the Turkish government is "avoiding showing Kanter's games," but that basketball fans in Turkey with NBA League Pass can "watch whatever games they want." A spokesman at the Turkish consulate told SNY.tv by phone, "I cannot know if these channels are also blocking Enes Kanter's games or not, so I cannot know it."
From where Kanter sits, folks in Turkey are missing some good basketball.