Sunday, June 26, 2011

Five Questions with Former UK Big Man Enes Kanter

Randy Hollis of the Deseret News asked former Kentucky big man Enes Kanter five questions.

Here is an excerpt of the interview:

What do you hope to bring to the Utah Jazz?

“I’m going to try to work hard and make this team better. I’m going to bring more energy and more toughness. I really believe this team is a really good team when they are playing together. This is a talented team and I believe this team will be great next year.

Where did the nickname “Undertaker” come from?

“I am a fan of WWE and my favorite wrestler is the Undertaker. In Kentucky, friends call me Underkanter because Underkanter and Undertaker it’s pretty like close names. So they just started calling me Underkanter and my nickname is Underkanter.”

Kanter started playing professionally in Turkey when he was 15-16 years old, playing against grown men almost twice his age. What was that experience like?
“That made me tough. They didn’t say like, ‘Oh, he’s a young kid.’ No, they were like going hard. … They just make me tough. They told me ‘This is real life and you have to get used to it.’ And I said, “I need to get used to it, I need to get used to it.’ ”

What will you do if there’s a lockout, which looks likely right now?

“My family is still back in Turkey. I miss them probably I will go visit them because I didn’t see them like maybe over a year, you know, 13-14 months. If there’s an NBA lockout, I will probably go back to Turkey and play national team, That will keep me like stay in shape. I will stay in shape, and I will like play against the great players in European Championships. I will play against like Dirk (Nowitzki) or I will play against Gasols (brothers Pau and Marc) or I will play against like NBA players. I know that will make me ready for NBA.”

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