New York Knicks center Enes Kanter has not asked to be traded, but also made clear he isn’t happy with the current climate.
A report from Marc Berman of the New York Post on New Year’s Eve cited the Turkish star as being frustrated in his reserve role. This stems from a drop in minutes after coach David Fizdale started using Luke Kornet more.
However, as was reported by ESPN this morning, Kanter recently met with GM Scott Perry. Meeting with reporters after last night’s loss to the Denver Nuggets, Kanter made two things clear.
First, he doesn’t want to be traded. Second, he’s frustrated with losing:
“All this anger and frustration is coming from losing,” Kanter said. “It’s not fun to lose 12, 13, whatever in a row. It’s not fun. It’s just tough, man. But obviously I had a meeting with Scott [Monday]. We talked about — he just said, ‘You know, this is the growth. This is one of your biggest tests in your career, so just try to be a good teammate.’
It’s hard to not sympathize with Kanter’s frustration. The Knicks’ loss last night dropped them to 9-29 on the year. The team has lost eight straight and is tied with the Phoenix Suns for the second-worst record in the league.
By the same token, however, Enes Kanter surely knew this would happen from the get-go. At no point were the Knicks expected to contend this season, despite looking overall competitive. Losing is indeed frustrating, but it’s not as though Kanter was completely unprepared for it.
Hopefully, this is the end of the drama and Enes Kanter continues his solid play in a Knicks uniform. Of course, never say never to a trade.