Enes Kanter wants to know why the New Yorks Knicks aren’t giving him more minutes.
Speaking to reporters after a blowout loss to the Utah Jazz on Saturday night, the center wondered aloud about his diminishing role.
“I don’t understand. This is too early in the season to shut me down,” Kanter said, per Newsday Sports’ Steve Popper. “My goal is to go out there and try to be an All-Star this year. That was my goal. But now, look at the situation. You can’t do anything about it. You’ve got to stay positive, just got to stay positive.”
Kanter joined the Knicks last season as part of the trade that sent Carmelo Anthony to Oklahoma City.
Kanter averaged 25.9 minutes per game in his first season with the Knicks and is actually averaging nearly one minute more this season, but has come off the bench the last two games and averaged just under 16 minutes.
He’s averaging 14.3 points and 10.6 rebounds this season for the Knicks, who have stumbled to a 9-28 start. Kanter played 17 minutes and was 0-for-6 from the field in Saturday’s 129-97 loss.
“I just want to go out there and play basketball,” Kanter said. “I want to win. I don’t know why they’re shutting me down. I just want to go out there and win.”
–Field Level Media