Enes Kanter, one of the NBA's biggest trolls, took a jab at the Knicks after he won his Trail Blazers debut Thursday night.
Kanter, who hadn't played in a victory since Jan. 4, scored 18 points in Portland's 113-99 victory over the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. It had been so long that he almost forgot what it was like.
Wow! That's how winning feels 🤔- Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) February 22, 2019
I can get use to that 😅#RipCity
"Wow! That's how winning feels 🤔
I can get use to that 😅
Kanter had been with the Knicks for 14 losses during their franchise-record 18-game losing streak, as the team released him after the NBA trade deadline.
The 26-year-old Kanter last played Feb. 1. He was a healthy scratch in six of the last eight games with New York given head coach David Fizdale wanted to prioritize playing time to younger players even after the blockbuster Kristaps Porzingis trade brought 30-year-old DeAndre Jordan to New York.
"They are going in a different direction," Kanter said this week about the end of his time with the Knicks. "They want their young guys to get better, of course. I understand it but I think I'm going to close that chapter. I even texted Coach Fizdale and everybody and wished them well."
Kanter, who joined the Knicks in the Carmelo Anthony trade in September 2017, averaged 14 points and 10.8 rebounds in 115 games over the past season and a half.
But the 2018-19 season saw him frustrated with his lack of playing time even though he averaged 14 points and 10.5 rebounds in 44 games.
He didn't start a game after Christmas and had only appeared in two wins since Dec. 3.
Of course, winning hasn't been the Knicks' top priority this season as they look to win a top pick in the NBA draft lottery. They entered the All-Star break with the second-worst record (11-47) in the league.