Enes Kanter returned to Salt Lake City for the first time since being traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Kanter demanded a trade this season after he saw his minutes decreasing in Utah. Kanter was very public about his dislike for his old team and the fact that he is very happy where he is now.
“I think the difference is, I like playing basketball there,” Kanter said. “I think that’s the most important thing. I never liked playing basketball before in my NBA career, and this is the first time I felt like playing basketball there, for my team, for the fans, for my teammates for my coaches, for everybody. So, that’s the first time.”
So upon his return to Utah, Kanter was booed when taking the floor, but he happily embraced them.
“I didn’t really care. I like pressure, the boos didn’t mean nothing to me,” Kanter said. “It was just a regular game. I never felt like I was a part of this thing, so it was just a regular game. We came and we leave and that is it”.
Jazz 5 starters recognized 4 of the Thunder starters at the tip circle. Completely ignored Kanter
— David Locke (@Lockedonsports) March 29, 2015
This comment by Kanter before the game probably fueled some of the boos.
In the Utah Jazz’s 94-89 win over the Oklahoma Thunder, Kanter scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds earning eighth consecutive game double-double.