If you follow Enes Kanter on social media, you understand how much love he has for the Oklahoma City Thunder organization, their fans and the entire city in general.
Therefore, when he was included in the shocking Saturday trade that sent Carmelo Anthony to the Thunder in exchange for him, Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick, it was especially emotional.
After all, OKC was not only a destination for Kanter, it was his true home. Earlier this summer, the Turkish government canceled his passport, thus banishing him from his native land for the foreseeable future.
When the news of the trade broke, Kanter was live streaming at a charity event. The comments began to flood in, which made things a little awkward.
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A couple hours later after presumably collecting his thoughts, Kanter released a sentimental video on Twitter. Take a look:
“Man, I don’t know where to start. I got a lot of feelings, but I can’t say it all. But I want to start with thanking you guys. Shoutout to Sam Presti, my teammates, my Stache Bro Steven Adams, team members, trainers, the whole state because when I lost my family and when I lost my home, you guys gave me family and you guys gave me home, so that’s why Oklahoma, this organization, the whole state, will be always in my heart,” Kanter said.
In typical fashion, he included a bit of humor.
“And then the second, I want to say, please beat the Warriors for me. Please, I’m gonna be watching that game, so please beat the Warriors for me,” he quipped.
Although he was one of the most passionate members on the Thunder, he also made it clear that there were no hard feelings and that he’s looking forward to a new adventure in the Big Apple.
“That’s all I can say right now. I got no hard feelings," he said. "I understand it’s a business. I’m not mad or anything, don’t get me wrong. I love you guys. It’s a new adventure for me, New York. Please pray for me, I hope we gonna have an amazing season with the New York Knicks. I’ll see you guys soon. I appreciate it.”
Although Kanter came off the bench for the Thunder for most of last season, he was one of the most impactful reserves in the entire NBA, averaging 14.3 points and 6.7 rebounds in just 21.3 minutes per contest.
He will now join a crowded Knicks frontcourt, but based on his offensive skills, he could very well see an uptick in both minutes and usage on his new team.