You might have thought the dude was crazy. After all, he was talking trash on Andrew Bogut, the former Utah Utes star, No. 1 draft pick and current Golden State Warriors center.
But there Enes Kanter was, with cameras and recorders in his face at a morning shootaround the day of the Jazz’ game on Fri. Jan. 30, running his mouth about Bogut and the Warriors like he was the second coming of Joe Wlllie Namath.
Was this the Super Bowl? Not exactly. But, it was a critical game that day for the Jazz, who lost two straight games going into the big tilt with playoff contender Golden State. So Kanter opened his mouth with a little trash talk and he said what he said.
“Andrew Bogut, big guy, knows a little Turkish. I don’t know what to say about him,” Kanter said. “He’s just a down-low big guy, nothing special.”
Boom went the dynamite. Media across the country caught wind of what Kanter said to the reporters and bloggers assembled around the floor of the EnergySolutions Arena, where the news spread like a disease.
But the beefy, young lad from Turkey wasn’t done. Oh, no he was not. When asked on his feelings about Warriors All-Star guard Klay Thompson scoring 37 in one quarter, Kanter replied, “I did, but who cares? I think we have the talent to guard him.”
By the time word got back to Jazz head coach Quin Snyder, let’s just say he didn’t give his trademark death stare–nor did he admonish some poor reporter for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
But, Snyder’s curious pause in the middle of his sentence harkened back to when you watched “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” in the theatre–back to a certain Dr. Evil, minus the index finger pressed to his lips, that is.
“I thought they were… ill-advised,” Snyder said. His pause was something you might have heard followed by a mua-ha-ha-ha as you stood there, wondering what in the heck this bald guy from Belgium, er, this curly haired 40-something coach was going to say next.
“The reality is that this is a terrific team, what Klay did the other night is remarkable, & Bogut may be the best C in the league,” Snyder continued. Ruh-roh. Well, Snyder’s comments about how great Golden State was fell on deaf ears for the Jazz, who proceeded to go out and whip the big, bad Warriors 110-100 on Friday night.
Kanter only scored five points and hauled down 10 rebounds against Golden State, hardly anything to brag about when you consider the guy has been scoring 20 points and hauling in 11 boards against these guys over the previous five games.
But whatever, right? Kanter backed up his trash talk the best way you can. The Jazz won and Kanter, well, he didn’t waste any time jumping on his cell phone to talk about it. “Yup!! Just like what l said..! What A Win #JazzNation,” he tweeted, going off into the night feeling like the kid in his early 20s that he still is.