Kanter: "It’s So Cool To Just Prove Haters Wrong"

Enes Kanter and the Blazers are back in the conference finals for the first time since 2000

Reiter Than You
May 13, 2019 - 8:01 pm
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Portland’s Enes Kanter has played for the Jazz, Thunder, Knicks and Trail Blazers, and there’s no denying which franchise had the best chemistry.

“I was sitting down with Coach Terry (Stotts) four or five days ago,” Kanter said on Reiter Than You, “and I was like, ‘Coach, you know this is the only team that I did not have no drama?’ He just starts laughing. I think the chemistry they’re building, the culture they’re building, it’s just so amazing. They are very good teammates. From the first moment I walked in the locker room, they opened their arms and gave me a warm welcome. It just shows why this team is here right now.”

Where they are is the Western Conference Finals. Indeed, the Blazers beat the Thunder in five games in the first round and the Nuggets in seven games in the second to reach their first conference finals since 2000.

They are, yet again, an underdog, this time against Golden State. 

“People have doubted us from the first round,” Kanter said. “They tell me you are going to lose against Oklahoma City. When we passed Oklahoma City, they tell me that’s when we’re going to lose against Denver. I think it’s so cool to just prove haters wrong. All you have to do is go out there and just fight. We play together. I know (the) Warriors (are) probably one of the best teams, but I believe in this team. I said this two months ago when we weren’t even in the conversation. I believe in this team. I think this team has enough talent to beat every team on every court when we play together. I think we need to go out there and just fight.”

Golden State will be without Kevin Durant for at least Game 1 on Tuesday, but the Blazers know that beating the Warriors won’t be easy.

“Without KD, they won 73 games,” Kanter said, referring to the 2015-16 squad. “Of course if KD is not playing, it’s really good for us, but I don’t think we should be worried about that. I think the only thing we need to worry about is just us: just go out there, play our basketball, play hard, play smart and have fun.”

Click below to listen to Kanter’s interview in its entirety.