Enes Kanter has always been a cool guy. His style of play, always focused on attack and nothing on defense, with a lot of production in a few minutes, an innate rebounding ability and great movements in the zone, have made the pivot an idol for the fans. That, and his character, self-confidence, verbiage and ability to speak without shame, of course. But, in addition to all that, he has a very marked speech, he has clearly positioned himself against the president of Turkey, Erdogan, and has been favorable to the culture of the empowered player and against Donald Trump and of the racial crimes that have rocked the United States in general, and the NBA in particular, of late.
Now, Kanter has returned to be the protagonist. But on this occasion, their clubs have been aimed at the greatest reference in the competition, the face of the best league in the world and a legend: LeBron James. The Lakers star immersed himself fully in the coronavirus vaccine debate that now flies over an NBA that has failed to control it. The League has become a spokesperson for the anti-vaccines for a few days and Kyrie Irving is once again, of course, in the center of the game. Adam Silver, intelligent above all else, has let the thing run its course and the voices begin to speak in whispers while putting more restrictions on those who do not get vaccinated and getting, without doing too much, that people like Andrew Wiggins give in to social pressure.
In the middle of the whole thing, LeBron spoke up. On the Lakers’ Media Day, the star claimed to be vaccinated … but also said he was skeptical at the start and that he did it for his family. A rather ambivalent speech for a subject so serious and that not everyone liked. Among them, Enes Kanter, who considers that the position must be much more radical in this regard. And, as he usually does, he has not remained silent and has given his opinion, lightly beating LeBron and showing that it doesn’t matter who says an offense, as long as he considers that it goes against his chain of values.
“When I heard it, I was very disappointed and thought it was ridiculous. Obviously, LeBron James is one of the faces of the League, and I should be the first to come out and say, ‘Listen, everyone. I have received the vaccine and I am encouraging everyone – my community, all basketball fans and sports fans in general – to get vaccinated so that we can save other lives. I hope you can learn about this vaccine and inspire and encourage others around you.“Anyway, little more to add. Clearer, water.