Enes Kanter received a warning from the Knicks' front office after he encouraged a teammate to fight an opponent, per NY Daily News' Stefan Bondy.
Kanter's reasoning behind using the word "fight" is due to the fact that English is his second language. In his native Turkey, the center claims the word means something entirely different.
"The front office told me I cannot say stuff like that," Kanter said. "It's a learning process. This is my second language. When I say fight, it means compete, play hard, compete. You get a tech; you get a tech. They told me I cannot say stuff like that. I'm sorry about that. I'm sorry, NBA, my fault."
The message came during the Knicks' 103-91 loss to the Trail Blazers on Monday as Kanter sat out with back spasms. However, he told one of his teammates to blatantly get a techincal foul to boost the team's morale.
"Hey man, go out there and fight with somebody. It will get the energy up," Kanter said. "No, I'm serious. If you go out there and just hit somebody or just fight with somebody, get a techincal foul, I will pay for the fine, I don't care."
It clearly isn't known who the message was relayed to, but Michael Beasley and Frank Ntilikina received techincal fouls after getting too physical with Trail Blazers C Jusuf Nurkic.
Not only did he hear from the Knicks' front office, but Kanter expects to receive a call from the NBA as well.
"They said they're probably going to call," he said. "Just got out there play hard, have fun, compete, fight, means do your thing, play hard, as hard as you can."
Kanter, who missed three consecutive games with back pain, is probable for Wednesday night's contest against the Heat. He is currently averaging 13.6 points and 10.2 rebounds in 26.2 minutes per game.