Since being released by the Knicks, Enes Kanter has alternated between bashing them and praising them and their future. On Monday, the dice landed on "bash."
Asked why he chose to sign with the Celtics during the offseason, Kanter was succinct.
"That's why I chose Celtics. They don't tank," he said Monday, according to Mark Murphy of The Boston Herald.
The 27-year-old Kanter agreed to a two-year deal with the Celtics worth just under $10 million after finishing the 2018-19 season with the Blazers, where he helped them reach the Western Conference Finals before they were swept by the Warriors.
The dig at the Knicks on Monday was just the latest musing from Kanter on his former team. He weighed in on Sept. 9 regarding why free agents were jilting New York.
"Not many people know that, but players talk," Kanter said on the Full 48 Podcast with Howard Beck. "From different teams, they talk. I'm not blaming anybody -- I had an amazing time with the Knicks. But other teammates I talked to or if they're on different teams, they always said, 'Amazing city, MSG is amazing. Everything is so good, but the ownership.' They always keep saying, 'But the ownership.'
Kanter later clarified his comments to make clear that he enjoyed his time playing under Dolan and didn't agree with the players who said that they'd shy away from the Knicks because of ownership.
"If you win in New York then you are the king of the world," Kanter told SNY. "Lots of players making excuses and saying ownership is not good but when I had almost two years with the Knicks I never had any problem with them. Had so much fun and (was) blessed."
Kanter added: "Trust me, James Dolan is a good dude. If the Knicks win a championship one day people will forget about the bad times. Winning cures all and the Knicks will always have one of the greatest arena in sports.... If people knew what (Dolan) was like, how much he loves the Knicks, they would have a lot more respect for him."