New Knicks core Enes Kanter spent a lot of time in New York this summer, operative out, losing weight and appearing on a integrate of occasions with Russell Westbrook during Carmelo Anthony’s pickup games during his Manhattan gym.
According to Kanter’s manager, Hilmi Cinar, Kanter has used New York as his training bottom a past few offseasons. Though Anthony landed in Oklahoma City on Sunday night, a dual never will turn teammates.
Kanter, a 6-foot-11 Turkish vast man, now is a Knick — a centerpiece of Saturday’s Anthony blockbuster — who will be introduced during Monday’s opening day of training camp.
“He’s not dissapoint during all, yet nothing of us approaching this,” Cinar told The Post. “He enjoys New York, a food, a vibrancy, his friends come in and accommodate with here. It’s good culture.”
In a intense appreciate we to OKC’s fans on amicable media, Kanter pronounced Oklahoma “will always be in my heart” and “please kick a Warriors for me.”
Kanter, 25, is famous to put adult points inside in a precipitate yet struggles defensively to a indicate he didn’t see a building most in a playoffs for OKC.
That impugn spurred Kanter this summer. According to Cinar, Kanter has mislaid 33 pounds this offseason, dropping to 240, to urge transformation on invulnerability — an certified weakness.
“He’ll be some-more jaunty this year,’’ Cinar said.
According to sources, a Knicks like his toughness, physicality and ability to get to a free-throw line and measure inside. He’s also European, giving a Knicks 5 on their roster. He’s got some feistiness — a usually Thunder actor to trash-talk Kevin Durant on his initial lapse to OKC.
Whether Kanter will start forward of immature core Willy Hernangomez is unclear. Kanter came off a bench, spelling core Steven Adams, in Oklahoma City.
“Kanter can unequivocally measure — both in a low post and he has a decent mid-range face-up game,” an NBA director told The Post. “He rebounds flattering well, too, quite on a descent glass. But he’s a bad defender. He isn’t a edge guardian since he’s not a good contestant and has delayed parallel movement. He doesn’t strike me as a man who unequivocally wants to urge either. He wants to measure and do a easy stuff.”
The Knicks government group of Steve Mills/Scott Perry has put an importance on defense. The weight detriment could be a difference-maker for Kanter, and a risk isn’t vast though a long-term contract. He can opt out after this deteriorate for a long-term deal, yet his 2018-19 salary of $18.4 million is hefty.
In many ways, a Knicks coronet noticed trade Anthony as further by division after blank a playoffs 4 true years with him as leader. Former boss Phil Jackson remade a register wholly 3 times over, with Anthony a sole constant.
Although Kristaps Porzingis noticed Anthony as his mentor, Knicks coronet disturbed about his change on a 21-year-old and wondered if Anthony “was training Kristaps a right approach to be a leader,’’ as one source put it. The Post reported Anthony reamed out Porzingis for praising a triangle offense to reporters final March.
Kanter, underachieving 6-8 sharpshooter Doug McDermott, also 25, and a 2018 second-rounder became a pawns as a Knicks demeanour to grow their immature core around Porzingis.
Charley Rosen, Jackson’s playmate who initial championed an Anthony trade by essay he had “outlived his utility in New York’’ final January, told The Post a Knicks didn’t urge most in this deal.
“They softened a bad conditions usually minimally,’’ pronounced Rosen, Jackson’s ex-assistant CBA coach. “But we was still pro trade Melo to get him out. Kanter is superb relocating around a hoop, is a relentless descent rebounder yet can’t pass, fire from operation or even play a emergence of defense. With Hernangomez, Kyle O’Quinn and KP personification some there, a usually core who can urge though fouling is [Joakim] Noah.”
Kanter averaged 14.3 points final deteriorate in 21.3 mins — ranked in a tip 5 for reserves. The Knicks are vehement about his per-minute prolongation — rated a No. 1 post actor in points in a paint per 36 mins and tip 6 in a joining for free-throw attempts per 36 mins for post players.
But in a playoffs, OKC manager Billy Donovan played him only 45 mins in 5 games.
With a Knicks on a full reconstruct this season, Kanter might not have to worry most about a playoffs.