Kanter is not happy about it. At all.
“I just want to go out and play basketball and want to win,’’ he said. “I don’t know why they’re shutting me down. I just want to win. I don’t care if I start or come off the bench…
“I understand we want the young guys to get better, but it’s very painful to watch it out there,’’ Kanter said. “I’m essentially positive and try to help the young guys get better. I don’t understand. It’s too early in the season to shut me down. My goal this year was to go out and be an All-Star, but now look at the situation.”
Kanter, still being booed by Jazz fans when on the court (he forced his way out of Salt Lake City years ago), was 0-of-6 shooting on the night and was -30 in 17 minutes of action. That’s not the kind of play that is going to get him his starting job back. This came a game after Kanter was ejected for getting in the face of Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Kornet had 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting, plus he grabbed six rebounds.
Neither Knicks big man could slow Rudy Gobert on the night, he had 25 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as the Jazz cruised to a 129-97 win.