Ime Udoka Responds to Celtics Veteran’s Complaints About Playing Time
Since returning to Boston this offseason, Enes Kanter has been a force to be reckoned with, from his anti-China activism to mocking NBA superstar LeBron James for his public handling of the COVID-19 vaccine to advocating for Tibetan independence.
While the Turkish center continues to use his platform to promote social change, Kanter has made far less of an impact on the hardwood.
Kanter has played just 10 minutes this season after averaging 1,758 minutes with the Portland Trail Blazers last season, his most since 2017-18.
The former No. 1 was dethroned on November 14th.
The Celtics’ No. 3 overall pick took to Twitter to express his frustration with his limited playing time, posting a video with the caption, “Keep limiting me on the court, I’ll expose you off the court.”
If you continue to limit me on the court, I’ll expose you off it. pic.twitter.comnIvlbrrtL
November 14, 2021, — Enes Kanter (@EnesKanter)
Kanter’s Lack of Playtime is Addressed by Ime Udoka
Kanter, who was brought back to Boston on a veteran’s minimum deal this offseason, has been an afterthought in the C’s frontcourt, where fellow veteran Al Horford and rising big man Robert Williams have dominated the minutes.
Kanter has only played in two games for the Celtics this season, averaging 5.0 minutes, 2.0 points, and 2.0 rebounds.
When asked about Kanter’s tweet and whether his politics have played a role in his lack of playing time, head coach Ime Udoka stressed that Kanter’s lack of playing time is “strictly based on basketball,” with no other factors at play.
“I’ve talked to him, and I’ve seen (his posts),” Udoka told Mass Live during the Celtics shootaround on November 16th.
“What I tell the players is that we have a lot of guys who aren’t playing who want to play.”
“I’ve talked to those guys about staying prepared, professional, and game-ready.
“As a player, I’ve been in the same situation,” Udoka added.
“And I’ve talked to Enes about why he’s not playing as much in some of the defensive things we’re doing, and where he needs to improve.”
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Kanter is backed by Udoka.
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