Kanter: Super Teams Might Be Ruining The NBA

The Knicks center spoke about the rise of super teams, West vs. East, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, and much more

Taz and the Moose
July 05, 2018 - 11:32 am
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So much news, so little time. 

Over the last week, the NBA has been swirling with headline stories, particularly those associated with free agency. From LeBron James making his long-awaited decision to join the Los Angeles Lakers to DeMarcus Cousins signing with the defending champion Golden State Warriors, it’s safe to say that a lot has happened.

Discussing these topics on CBS Sports Radio was New York Knicks center Enes Kanter, who’s been quite outspoken about the latest developments around the league. 

Although Kanter recognizes that the Western Conference has continued to build more dominant teams and acquire elite talent over the last couple of seasons, the seven-year veteran is sick and tired of hearing the narrative – and he thinks the NBA is partly responsible for letting this happen.

“I don’t want to say they’ve ruined the NBA, but they kind of are,” Kanter said on Taz and The Moose. “It’s crazy how the West is, but when you look at the East, it’s like one or two teams that are very good, and then the rest are rebuilding. I feel like they should balance it a little bit.”

Regarding the subject of “super teams” in the NBA, Kanter believes Golden State was the one that set the trend when the team signed Kevin Durant back in 2016. Kanter believes the rest of the league has been trying to make up ground ever since.

“I think it all started with Golden State,” Kanter said. “I mean, look at what Golden State has become. I think after (signing Kevin Durant), people began to say that there was no way to beat them without super teams. Everybody is trying to make a super team so they could beat Golden State.”

Kanter reflected on the time before the “super team” era — proclaiming that loyalty was above everything else.

“I say now it’s money over loyalty,” Kanter said. “Back in the day, it was not like that. It was competitive and everybody was trying to win at their team, and now they’re all about super teams. It’s weird now that all of the teams are trying to go against one team.”

When commenting on Paul George re-signing with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Kanter was not surprised that his former team was able to pull the deal off and persuade the five-time All-Star to stay.

“A lot of people knew that he was going to stay,” Kanter said. “I know the organization, I know Sam (Presti), I know the players, I know the culture. Everybody was saying he was going to the Lakers, but people don’t know how professional and how good the (Thunder) organization is. They take care of you so well.”

Also talking about Kawhi Leonard and his reported tensions with the San Antonio Spurs, Kanter thinks the superstar and his current team should let bygones be bygones and settle their differences. With that being said, Kanter also understands that Leonard needs to make the choice that’s best for him in the end.

“I think he should wake up because he has 219 million reasons to stay,” Kanter said when referring to the potential max-level deal that Leonard can sign with the Spurs next offseason. 

“The Spurs are one of the best organizations in the league, but I have no idea what’s going on in the inside. All I can say is if you’re not happy, then you’re not going to play your game well.”