Enes Kanter has been an outspoken critic of the Chinese government since the start of the season. Kanter has taken issues with China's policies towards Tibet, Hong Kong and other groups of people and places. Recently, Kanter posted a tweet suggesting he's being limited as far as playing time due to his stance on China.
Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka acknowledged he saw Kanter's tweet about being limited on the court, but said Kanter isn't playing because of basketball reasons.
“My thing is strictly basketball. We're switching a lot and doing some things that probably are not as natural for him and that's limited his time to some extent … Nothing basketball related will be based on (social media).”
Kanter had logged less than 10 minutes total over two games entering Monday's contest in Cleveland. Because Boston lost Robert Williams during the game due to knee soreness, Kanter logged a season-high eight minutes. He scored five points and grabbed two offensive rebounds in the second half of the Celtics victory.