Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Utah Jazz Notes
Jazz Reporters
Aaron Falk, Tony Jones and Steve Luhm cover the Utah Jazz and the NBA for The Salt Lake Tribune. The Tribune on Twitter - Aaron Falk: @tribjazz, Steve Luhm: @sluhm, Tony Jones: @Tjonessltrib

» Jazz section

» E-mail Aaron Falk

» E-mail Steve Luhm

» E-mail Tony Jones

» Subscribe (RSS)

Interview — Jazz's Enes Kanter on SLC debut, NBA lockout, confidence, knee, W.W.E.

Transcript of an interview Wednesday with Jazz rookie center Enes Kanter.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

Max Ergul, Kanter's agent, said his client recently returned to Chicago to work out with trainer Tim Grover after participating in pickup games in Los Angeles. Kanter experienced minor soreness in his right knee after the L.A. sessions, and he's receiving treatment while in Chicago.

Kanter on what he saw in Ricky Rubio: First of all, his pass is unbelievable. I never seen any guy pass it like that before. He just started working on his shot. He's shooting so well.

His focus during training sessions: I haven't played any game in almost two years or something. I'm just working on my conditioning this week with Tim Grover right now. He told me altitude in Utah will be problem for me. I'm just trying to get in game shape because if the lockout is over I'm going to start right up.

Knee soreness: After European Championship, I didn't play, I haven't played 45 days. And after that I just started to play games right after, and that's why I did a little bit overuse. I didn't stretch. It's not a big deal. … Just soreness, yeah.

Finally get a chance to play with Jazz teammates: I mean, I'm really excited. First of all, Monday I'm very excited to meet with my new teammates and play for our fans. It's going to be a great experience. It feels great. The only thing is … the lockout. I'm really unlucky because I couldn't play high school, I couldn't play college and now I can't play NBA. I'm just frustrated.

Good to be around NBA players; helps deal with the frustration: That's really true. I'm going to play [in the NBA] 15 to 20 years, so I need to be around with them and I need to learn what to do, everything.

Which NBA player's given him the best advice: I played with Tyson Chandler and Danny Granger, they helped me a lot. … They just said to 'Go to the basket, go to the basket. Shoot the ball.' When we played — I played with Tyson Chandler, Danny Granger and Ricky Rubio — they all say the same thing. Just go to the basket, no one can stop you, you're too strong.

Confidence level now compared to when he was drafted by Jazz: EuroBasket was very special to me because I finally get to play basketball, play some games. EuroBasket I played with Marc Gasol, Dirk Nowitzki, couple other real good players. I saw where I'm at compared to other players. So I'm just going to work hard right now. Right now I feel more confident because I play European basketball and then in L.A. Right now, I'm going to play in Utah with all the other players. I'm feeling so much better.

Taking in the W.W.E. while living in the United States: Yeah, I've been to wrestling three or four times. … Not on TV, I was actually in the place. … It was great. I'm a huge W.W.E. fan. You know my favorite is Undertaker. It was just great. Maybe, I was just thinking, after my basketball career I can be a pro wrestler. … I saw one in Chicago and the other was in Cincinnati or something.

Brian T. Smith

Twitter: @tribjazz



Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment

About Reader Comments

Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.

Latest Jazz Photo Galleries
Latest Jazz Photo Galleries
Latest Jazz Photo Galleries
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.