Enes Kanter leans back on the gray suede sectional in the lounge of his apartment building, places both hands over his forehead and sighs.
“Are you kidding me?” he says.
Rookie guard Allonzo Trier had just been called for a crucial goaltend with 0.4 seconds to play and the New York Knicks were on their way to a fifth consecutive defeat.
“Yeah [the ball] was coming down,” Kanter says as replay confirms the call that all but sealed the game. He slaps his knee in disgust and slams his left hand on the base of the couch.
Kanter is some 3,500 miles from his teammates as he watches the Knicks’ 101-100 loss to the Washington Wizards inside London’s O2 Arena, insisting he is “trapped” in the United States due to his vocal criticism of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, president of his native Turkey.
“It’s sad. I could be there with them. But it’s just, sometimes there are bigger things.”