Get to Know: Enes Kanter
From David Locke’s “Get to Know” series with Jazz players.
First team ever played on: A college team in Ankara at age 14.
First buzzer beater: Turkish junior national team against Greece.
First dunk: During warmups at age 15.
First pair of basketball shoes: Puma, with a hole in it.
First time you ever saw yourself on TV: At age 16 or 17 on Turkish television.
First nickname: Something really crazy in Turkish that can’t be shared.
First car ever driven: Turkish car.
First CD: What does that mean?
First video game ever played: Mario.
First day off in Utah: Look for some houses.
Other players’ jerseys owned: I didn’t have any jersey. My brother had a Shaq jersey.
First autograph: From somebody? I can’t remember. I don’t know.
First big purchase: I went to Pizza Hut.
First time you ever got in trouble as a kid: Knocked yogurt over in the fridge and blamed it on his brother.
First pet: Bird or fish.
First kiss: I don’t wanna answer that one. My mom might hear it.
Best game ever played: Turkish junior team in France. Something like 30+ points and 19 rebounds.
Worst game ever played: Last night.
Best place ever traveled to: Pennsylvania (did not explain why).
Best athlete ever: I would hate to go against Karl Malone.
Best meal ever: Kebabs in Turkey.
Hardest workout ever: Probably this summer with Karl during Ramadan. We had morning practice, then went to go fishing, then I got in accident, then went lifting, and another practice.
Most famous person ever met: I haven’t really met that many famous people. I guess, basketball-wise, I think it was Karl.
Best friend in the league: Probably Doron Lamb.
Best TV show ever: SpongeBob.
Dinner with three people, dead or alive: The guy who made SpongeBob; my little, little brother; the creator of Family Guy.
Last sport played besides basketball: Swimming.
Last vacation: Turkey.
Last item bought: Carpet.
Last music downloaded: I don’t listen to music.
Last bad grade: I got good grades in Kentucky. I passed all my classes, but I dropped art, because it was three hours at nighttime.
Last good grade: Geography and math.
Last time you were scared: Probably last game.
Last time you were incredibly happy: I was so happy when I start playing basketball 5-on-5.
Last time you cried: Like, real, huh huh huh, like, real? I can’t remember, man.