Utah’s Enes Kanter isn’t exactly a household name among casual NBA fans, but he wasn’t afraid to dismiss the league’s best team — and a couple of its players, specifically — in advance of Friday night’s matchup.
The Jazz are just 17-30 on the season, and are 10.5 games out of the final playoff position in the West. The Warriors, meanwhile, have been unquestionably the league’s best team to this point of the season — but Kanter couldn’t have cared less before the game, and couldn’t wait to gloat about his team’s unexpected 110-100 victory after it was finished.
From CSN Bay Area:
When asked if he saw Klay Thompson’s 37-point quarter, Kanter confessed that he did and said, “Who cares?”
“I think we have enough talent to guard (Thompson) and everyone on their team,” he said. …
“Andrew Bogut: Big guy, knows a littler Turkish, I don’t know what to say about him,” Kanter said. “He’s just, I don’t know, a big guy — nothing special.”
Friday night’s wasn’t Kanter’s best game of the season, but he and the Jazz looked hungrier on the court. Kanter, who had been averaging better than 19 points and 10 rebounds during his five games coming into the contest with the Warriors, finished with five points and 10 rebounds. Bogut, who missed his team’s game Tuesday with the flu, played 23 minutes, scoring four points and grabbing four boards. Meanwhile, Thompson had just 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting.
“Yup!!” Kanter wrote on Twitter after the game. “Just like what I said..! What A Win”.
Normally, this kind of rhetoric from such an unheralded player would be frowned upon. But Utah’s season is off the rails, and as Jazz coach Quin Snyder mentioned, the remarks are likely to have little to no effect on how the Warriors play.
If they serve to motivate Kanter or any of his teammates to play with some additional passion, however, then the Jazz will roll with it at this point in the season.