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Enes Kanter’s father acquitted of terror charges

Jun 20, 2020 - 1:52 PM

An outspoken critic of the Turkish government, Enes Kanter says his father has been accused of 'being a criminal just because he is my dad'

CRITIC. Celtics center Enes Kanter (right) has previously been detained in an airport after his Turkish passport got canceled. Photo from Kanter's Instagram

Celtics center Kanter eyes politics, wrestling after NBA

Jan 11, 2020 - 7:44 PM

Enes Kanter says he cultivated friendships with US lawmakers in 9 NBA seasons with Utah, Oklahoma City, New York, Portland and Boston

ASPIRATIONS. Enes Kanter dabbles on joining politics and wrestling after the NBA. Photo from Enes Kanter's Instagram

Enes Kanter's NBA dream could trigger diplomatic crisis

May 18, 2019 - 3:40 PM

The towering Turkish star may be frozen out of the biggest game of his life for geopolitical reason

CRITIC. Enes Kanter may be detained if he leaves the United States on charges of insulting Turkish President Erdogan. Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images/AFP

Enes Kanter signs with Trail Blazers

Feb 14, 2019 - 11:10 AM

After getting waived by the Knicks, big man Enes Kanter joins a Blazers side vying to boost their Western Conference playoff bid

PLAYOFF EXPERIENCE. Veteran center Enes Kanter looks to help the Blazers go deep into the playoffs. Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images/AFP

Kanter's assassination fears taken seriously by NBA – Silver

Jan 18, 2019 - 10:15 AM

NBA commissioner Adam Silver says he'll do everything in his power to ensure the safety of Knicks star Enes Kanter

TARGET. Turkey-born Enes Kanter believes he has been a target following his controversial feud with Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images/AFP

Turkey prosecutor seeks Interpol red notice for NBA star Kanter

Jan 15, 2019 - 9:13 PM

The Knicks center has recently refused to make the NBA team's trip to UK over fears he might be murderd by Turkish spies

ACCUSED. Enes Kanter is being accused of being a member of an armed terrorist group blamed for a failed coup in 2016. File photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Ex-NBA player Turkoglu calls Kanter fears 'smear campaign'

Jan 08, 2019 - 11:04 AM

Enes Kanter believes that he might be murdered by Turkish spies for his criticism of Erdogan if he travels to London

TWITTER WAR. Ex-NBA player Hedo Turkoglu and New York Kincks center Enes Kanter fire back at each other on Twitter. Photos from Wikepedia

Knicks' Kanter to skip England trip in fears for life

Jan 06, 2019 - 9:45 AM

New York Knicks center Enes Kanter, a staunch critic of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, says he may be 'killed easily' if he plays in Europe

Turkey seeks to jail Knicks player Enes Kanter for insulting Erdogan

Dec 21, 2017 - 2:24 AM

The 25-year-old basketball player faces up to 4 years and 8 months in jail for tweets posted last year

UNDER THREAT. Enes Kanter has claimed he routinely receives death threats for his criticism of Erdogan and is seeking US citizenship. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Carmelo Anthony traded to Thunder for Kanter, McDermott

Sep 24, 2017 - 8:16 AM

The Knicks will also receive a second round 2018 draft pick.

HEADED WEST. Carmelo Anthony will head to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Enes Kanter (L) and Doug McDermott. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Steven Adams talks about Kobe Paras, Paul George, and Enes Kanter

Jul 19, 2017 - 8:21 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder big man chats with Rappler about his teammates and what he knows of the Philippines

WHAT DOES STEVEN KNOW OF PH HOOPS? Steven Adams knows of one player from the Philippines: Kobe Paras. Photo by Sophanna Roath/Rappler

Thunder's Enes Kanter says father arrested in Turkey, could face torture

Jun 03, 2017 - 10:49 AM

He may get tortured for simply being my family member Kanter wrote on his website

OUTSPOKEN. Oklahoma City Thunder player Enes Kanter says his father has been arrested in Turkey. Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images North America/AFP

Turkey seeks arrest of NBA player Enes Kanter on terror accusations

May 27, 2017 - 11:59 AM

A judge issues an arrest warrant to Thunders Enes Kanter after an Istanbul prosecutor opened an investigation into Kanter s alleged membership of an armed terrorist organization

TERROR ACCUSATIONS. The arrest warrant refers to Kanter's alleged use of an encrypted messaging application called Bylock and also 'praise for a terror organization' in messages via his social media accounts. Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images North America/AFP

Enes Kanter reveals death threats, to seek US passport

May 23, 2017 - 1:00 PM

OKC s Enes Kanter says his next move is to become an American citizen amid death threats he says he received for comparing Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Adolf Hitler

DEATH THREATS. Enes Kanter says he has been receiving death threats because of expressing his political views towards Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Screenshot from Kanter's Twitter account

OKC’s Enes Kanter detained in Romania

May 21, 2017 - 12:08 AM

2ND UPDATE Basketball star Enes Kanter blames Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan whom he calls the Hitler of our century for his hours long detention in Bucharest

DETAINED. OKC's Enes Kanter posts a Twitter video after his passport was reportedly cancelled by the Turkish government. Screenshot from Kanter's Twitter account

Thunder’s Kanter reveals his picks for NBA champion, MVP in PH visit

May 12, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Thunder player Enes Kanter shares who he s picking and who he s rooting against in the NBA playoffs

WELCOME. Enes Kanter believes his Oklahoma City Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook deserves the MVP award. Photo by Alexx Esponga/Rappler

OKC's Enes Kanter endeavors to help young Filipinos during PH visit

May 12, 2017 - 3:01 PM

Enes Kanter of the Oklahoma City Thunder goes beyond the basketball court to provide inspiration to underprivileged children

GIVING BACK. Thunder player Enes Kanter says seeing talented kids who "didn’t have hope" inspired him to give back. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP

OKC's Enes Kanter visits PH House of Representatives

May 10, 2017 - 8:50 PM

UPDATED Enes Kanter will be playing basketball with lawmakers and House employees on Thursday May 11

COURTESY CALL. Thunder's Enes Kanter and Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez do the signature fist gesture of President Rodrigo Duterte. All photos from the House of Representatives

Russell Westbrook posts another 40-point triple-double

Feb 27, 2017 - 4:34 PM

Having one in a career would be great Westbrook just registered his seventh tying him for second all time with Wilt Chamberlain

ONCE AGAIN. Russell Westbrook has been a human triple-double machine. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Thunder's Kanter has surgery on broken arm

Jan 28, 2017 - 1:31 PM

Kanter who s averaging a bit above 14 points a game could be sidelined up to two months

Thunder top Mavs, frustrated Kanter breaks arm

Jan 27, 2017 - 3:36 PM

OKC takes down Dallas but loses Kanter after he takes out his frustrations on a folding chair

Kanter stays with Thunder, Bargnani goes to Nets

Jul 14, 2015 - 12:25 PM

Enes Kanter will be staying with the Oklahoma City Thunder next season while Italy s Andrea Bargnani will join the Brooklyn Nets under terms of NBA free agent deals

Andreas Bargnani will be joining the Brooklyn Nets after missing much of last season with calf and hamstring injuries. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP

Westbrook, Kanter power Thunder over Lakers

Mar 25, 2015 - 3:08 PM

Lakers Fil Am rookie Jordan Clarkson scores a career high 30 points but it wasn t enough as Westbrook and Kanter combine for 52 points to give OKC the win

OKC's Russell Westbrook attacks the defense of LA's Ed Davis (L) and Wayne Ellington (R). Photo by Larry W. Smith/EPA

Westbrook scores 36 to power Thunder over Bulls

Mar 16, 2015 - 5:11 AM

Russell Westbrook scored 36 points grabbed 11 rebounds and passed out six assists to lead the Thunder past Chicago

Russell Westbrook didn't register another triple double, but he continues to show he is among the best players in the league. File photo by Larry W. Smith/EPA