Nothing is off limits for the New York Knicks’ Enes Kanter, the NBA’s resident troll


It’s been almost a year since Enes Kanter stood in this tiny gym in this tiny town in Oklahoma. It’s the kind of gym with a beige plastic tile floor and hand-printed inspirational quotes on the walls.

It’s also the heart of a 160-acre property in Guthrie called Peppers Ranch, a foster-home community initially founded to aid abused and neglected young boys.

Kanter is back at the gym at Peppers Ranch on a promise. He was here on Sept. 23, 2017, when he got the call he’d been traded to the New York Knicks in a deal for Carmelo Anthony. Kanter had to leave abruptly — not before he gathered the kids around for a “1-2-3, Knicks!” chant — but made the promise he’d come back.

“If I was a 9- or 10-year-old kid and an NBA player came and talked about anything, I would never forget that.”

Knicks center Enes Kanter

And now he’s back, on a steamy summer day in Oklahoma, putting on a one-day basketball camp for the the community. He’ll play games, sign basketballs, answer questions and pick up kids to help them dunk.

Then, after briefly returning to his downtown OKC hotel room, Kanter will head to nearby Edmond to put on another free camp, with about 700 people showing up. There were so many sign-ups that it crashed the online system. The next morning? Kanter is at it again in the northeast corner of the state in Poteau.

Source : ESPN