Enes Kanter Takes a Fun Potshot at Kyrie Irving Over Jersey Number

Kemba Walker Celtics

Kemba Walker Celtics

"You see all the banners upstairs and in the arena". "I think he'll have high expectations of the guys around him". That's what I'm about. "That's the one thing throughout my career I've tried to do team activities and small things like that". Seems like Enes Kanter is more of an elite trash talker than he is a basketball player.

"I answered the phone", Kanter recalled with a smile.

"One of the reasons I picked Boston was because of Kemba Walker", he said. "I had to say it".

Kanter can relate to Walker's desire to win. But Kanter's trolling does expose Irving's original comment from the commercial, which at best turned out to be an unfulfilled promise. Kanter and Turner were teammates this past year on the Portland Trail Blazers.

I'm sure Irving will be booed mercilessly if he has the balls to ever play again at TD Garden, but I'm not sensing a deep hatred among Celtics fans on social media. "Everybody is different, and you have to talk to guys in different ways", he said. But yeah, do I think we can be good? "I love to get in the lane and I'm gonna have a lot of attention. And I thought this was the best place for me to do that". It's going to be fun.

"But, I think a decision had already been made", Ainge said. People will try to learn from their mistakes and at the same time start thinking about the next game. And when asked directly about it, Walker said he was confident he'd be able to help them grow into the players Boston hopes they can be. "We're sitting here with two guys that chose to come to us that we're very fortunate to have, but if it hadn't happened we'd have had another plan".