Enes Kanter Freedom in the NBA, EuroLeague, natural players

Enes Kanter Freedom in the NBA, EuroLeague, natural players

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By Johnny Askunis/ info@eurohoops.net

Free agent Enes Kanter has reiterated that he doesn’t want to retire from the Freedom but feels he has been left out of the NBA as well as Turkish Airlines EuroLeague rosters.

Liberty, 30, spoke to local newspaper Walla during a visit to Israel. The discussion ranged from the NBA’s lack of free agency deals to the EuroLeague and the Turkish national team’s use of naturalized players like Shane Larkin.

“Free agency is open for a month. Normally, I should have accepted offers in advance. “I didn’t get a single offer this summer,” he said, roughly translated with help from Google, updating his NBA status, “because I’ve spoken out against what’s been happening in China in recent months.” The Chinese market is a big part of the NBA’s business. So they let you talk freely about anything you want as long as it doesn’t hurt them financially. If you do that, they will cut you right away. It is very sad and unacceptable.

“I knew there was a price to pay. I do not regret my actions. These things are bigger than me, bigger than the NBA and bigger than basketball,” he added. “While I’m playing in the United States, people are being killed or imprisoned or tortured all over the world. If that’s the sacrifice I have to make, I’m ready to live with it.

Back at work, he has been a free agent since being waived by the Houston Rockets in February. The 807 games played in the NBA between the Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder, New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers and Boston Celtics span the last decade.

“I’m 30 years old. I can play another five or six years. He has no intention of retiring, “I can’t go back to Turkey, that would be a one-way ticket,” he explained.

“Keep in mind that I can’t get into Turkey and Turkish Airlines is the Euroleague title sponsor,” he said of exploring options outside the NBA.

“Honestly, I have loved Panathinaikos for many years. “When I was a kid, I used to watch a lot of their games and Maccabi Tel Aviv,” said Freedom, rekindling his relationship with the Greek giants and bringing the power of Israel into the conversation.

From there, answering a question about Turkey’s senior national team, he stood up to the naturalized stars playing against local talent.

“A kid works his whole life and goes through many levels to get to the top national team. And then you bring in American players and pay them millions of dollars.” He expressed his opinion, “I am not completely against it. But you are pushing your man. Your own son who dreamed of playing for the country and is loyal. And this team is playing with the flag of the country on the shirt.”

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