Oklahoma City Thunder star Enes Kanter ripped his former team, the Utah Jazz, ahead of his return to face them on Saturday night in Salt Lake City.
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Kanter didn’t hold back on his assessment of his time with the Jazz, and he insisted that he was much happier with the Thunder after securing a move prior to the trade deadline last month.
“I love it,” Kanter said before the game of his change of scenery, ESPN reports.
“It’s a team I’ve never experienced before and I actually like playing basketball there. I’m just so comfortable and everything is in the right place. I’m just really happy to be there.”
However, although he put up 18 points and 11 rebounds on Saturday, he couldn’t prevent OKC from falling to a 94-89 loss to Utah and the crowd certainly let him know their feelings towards him after his comments.
Kanter was booed during introductions and every time he touched the ball, but he insisted that it didn’t make any difference to him on the night and in fact it arguably made him sharper and want to react in a positive way on the court.
The former Jazz star has relished his role in Oklahoma City, putting up a double-double in eight consecutive games as he reiterated that he is finally enjoying his basketball as opposed to not having that same feeling during his stint in Utah.
However, for all his improvement and development on the offensive end with the Thunder, the team is still struggling defensively and although they looked set to take the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, the race may not yet be over with the New Orleans Pelicans and Phoenix Suns on their heels.