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PHOENIX, AZ - FEBRUARY 08:  Enes Kanter #11 of the Oklahoma City Thunder during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on February 8, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Thunder defeated the Suns 122-106.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Enes Kanter: I would sacrifice my mother, father and whole family for Gulen


Enes Kanter‘s family publicly disowned him for his support of Fethullah Gülen over Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Yesterday, the Thunder center responded:

As translated by Eurohoops.net:

Today i lost my mother, father, brothers and sisters, my family and all my relatives. My own father asked me to change my surname. My mother, who has given me life disowned me. My brothers and sisters with which we have grown together ignore me. My relatives don’t want to see me again.

For Gulen’s work, which has been grown by the tears of loyal and devoted people, not one but thousands of Enes could be sacrificed. I would sacrifice my mother, father and whole family for Gulen’s sake.

I would give my head for this case. I hope my God would take from my life and give it to Gulen. I would sacrifice my heaven and i would laugh through hells for this service. My love for Gulen is more than my love to my mom, father, brothers and sisters and all other loves.

My mom and my father would be sacrifice for you, for this service, for this case. There should be no doubt for everybody! God will take care to those people who are the supporters of this case, God will ramp up! Hang on my big brothers, hang on my big sisters! Hang in there! Let’s not lose that test. Let’s not be the losers at that victorious time. From now on, my sisters and brothers are the supporters of that service in 171 countries. Soldiers of that service are my brothers and sisters. From now on, my family is my Hodja (Gulen) who has tears in his eyes. Tyrants will be swept away in time. Hang on, God is with us. My god will make everything good It’s an indispensable case. There is God, there isn’t grief.

Enes (Kanter) Gulen

That’s some heavy stuff.

On the lighter side of it, notice the signature. I wonder whether he’ll seek to change the name on his jersey from Kanter to Gulen.

Report: Dwyane Wade scheduled to return to Miami with Bulls on Nov. 10.

CHICAGO, IL - JULY 29:  Dwyane Wade is introduced as a new member of the Chicago Bulls at the Advocate Center on July 29, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The NBA is making us wait a while for the biggest game of the 2016-17 regular seasonKevin Durant and the Warriors visiting Oklahoma City.

But another star is scheduled to return much sooner to the place he’d spent his entire career before 2016 free agency.

Dwyane Wade is set to head back to Miami in the season’s third week.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald:

Wade’s first game back in Miami as a member of the Chicago Bulls has been scheduled for Nov. 10, a Thursday, and will be carried by TNT, according to a tentative, confidential schedule that has been circulated to NBA teams and TV partners.

The Heat is tentatively scheduled to open Oct. 26 at Orlando before hosting Charlotte on Oct. 28.

It’ll be interesting what type of reception Wade gets. He’s the greatest player in franchise history and helped the Heat win all three of their championships. But he also left for more money.

Whether Wade or management bears more responsible for that outcome is debatable. But fans almost always blame the player.

I expect a mix of cheers and boos with the friendly welcome being louder, but this could go either direction – especially because the fans who arrive for player introductions might not reflect the larger fan base.

Magic unveil new alternate jersey (photo)

ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 22:  Nikola Vucevic #9 of the Orlando Magic looks to pass against Spencer Hawes #00 of the Charlotte Hornets during the game at Amway Center on January 22, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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The Magic’s last alternate uniforms were very, very gray.

With that incredibly low bar set, Orlando unveiled its new alternate jersey:

They look like summer-league or practice jerseys – with a coat-of-arms-less El Salvadorian flag sticking out from under the armpits.

Credit for the unique striping, I guess. But I don’t see this style catching on.

Reports: Warriors, Thunder scheduled to first play Nov. 3 and meet twice in Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 22: Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder talk to the media after Game Three of the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on May 22, 2016 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.   NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images)
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The Warriors will be the most-watched team next season. Whether you view them as heroes or villains, people will tune in to see Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson.

Golden State’s schedule is slowly trickling out – at Cavaliers on Christmas, at Thunder on Feb. 11.

Now, we know the plan for a big Warriors home game (and another noteworthy road game).

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Durant’s first game against Russell Westbrook and the rest of the Thunder is tentatively scheduled in the second week of the season, on Nov. 3 in Oakland.

Erik Horne of The Oklahoman:

The Oklahoman has learned that Durant’s second game in Oklahoma City is tentatively scheduled for March 20.

It’s smart of the league to have Warriors-Thunder in Oakland before Oklahoma City.

The first game between Durant and Westbrook will be compelling because of their new personal rivalry. Durant’s first game in Oklahoma City will be even bigger, as Thunder fans will create an unforgiving environment.

Better to split those highly anticipated matchups into two separate nights of ratings and build up to the premier event.

And I bet Thunder fans will have plenty of furor left to drive a second memorable night in Oklahoma City on March 20.

Abdel Nader reportedly pledged to play for Celtics’ D-League team, but still deciding whether he actually will

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 25:  Abdel Nader #2 of the Iowa State Cyclones reacts in the second half against the Virginia Cavaliers during the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional at United Center on March 25, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The Celtics are slowly working through their eight (!) 2016 draft picks.

They signed No. 3 pick Jaylen Brown to a rookie-scale contract. No. 16 pick Guerschon Yabusele and No. 23 pick Ante Zizic will spend next season overseas. Boston traded the Nos. 31 and 35 picks on draft night. No. 45 pick Demetrius Jackson got a historically large first-year salary for someone picked so low, and No. 51 pick Ben Bentil received a partial guarantee and likely a ticket to the D-League.

That leaves just No. 58 pick Abdel Nader – and this one could take a while.

When the Celtics drafted the lightly heralded forward from Iowa State, the assumption was he had agreed to play in the D-League without signing an NBA contract.

Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe:

Often, teams and players reach a verbal agreement on this option, and several league sources said this was the case with the Celtics and Nader. But it is clear that Nader’s strong summer has given his camp at least some reluctance about taking the domestic draft-and-stash route.

“He’s an NBA player, that’s my belief,” said Nader’s agent, Cervando Tejeda. “Right now, we have to decide what the next move is.”

Boston must offer Nader a required tender – a one-year contract, surely unguaranteed at the minimum – before Sept. 6 to retain his rights. Barring an under-the-table and credible offer from the Celtics on a future payday, Nader’s best course is accepting the tender.

If Nader accepts the tender, he’d go to training camp. Best-case scenario, he’d make the regular-season roster and earn $3,197 per day he remains on it. It’d take just a couple weeks to eclipse a full-season D-League salary. But that’s probably a pipe dream. Boston already has 16 players – one more than the regular-season roster limit – with fully guaranteed salaries, and Bentil has a partial guarantee. The Celtics would almost certainly waive Nader and assign his D-League rights to their affiliate. Nader could then join the Maine Red Claws.

If Nader is just going to end up with the Red Claws anyway, why is this so complicated?

By getting waived by the Celtics, Nader would become an NBA free agent. Any NBA team could sign him from the D-League, even though he’s playing for Boston’s affiliate.

If he rejects the tender offer, the Celtics would retain his exclusive negotiating rights for a year. They’d be the only NBA team that could sign him unless they traded him.

So, Nader would gain far more leverage by accepting the tender. It’s really a no-brainer.

Except Nader apparently already promised to reject the tender.

That’s certainly why Boston drafted him. Most teams in that position pick their highest-rated prospect who agrees to the arrangement. If Nader declined, the Celtics would have found someone else who wanted the “privilege” of being drafted.

It’s a bad deal for players, and their agents should stop putting them in this position. Now, Nader faces a dilemma: Do what’s clearly optimal for his career in a vacuum or honor a promise he made before being drafted?