Enes Kanter: Celtics have 'really, really good chance' to win NBA title if play resumes


The NBA’s hiatus has given Enes Kanter the chance to learn how to cook and play the piano. He’s also been able to watch documentaries and get on TikTok.

But the Celtics center wants basketball to start back up again, and he’s doing what he can to stay ready. But, like everyone else who’s stuck at home, there are limitations to what Kanter and his Boston teammates can do.

“Right now, (our) strength coach is calling us on Facetime a couple times a week to make sure we are getting our stuff and getting in shape,”  Kanter said on a conference call Friday. “But the Celtics being on us about staying in shape has been amazing.”

If the NBA does try to continue the 2019-20 season, the Celtics’ efforts may help in some capacity. Though, what they’re doing now won’t be enough to ready the players for competition.

Even if the league decides to have a few regular season warm-up games, Kanter thinks teams need to host training camps. And he believes that process will need to be at least two or three weeks long.

“We just got to make sure that everybody's a hundred percent healthy,” he said. “Everybody is in good shape in the game shape, and then we can go out there and compete.”

Enes Kanter describes the #Celtics’ Zoom video conferences: “It’s like seeing your family again."

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Kanter is more than ready to wait the necessary time and do whatever it takes to get back into playing shape, too. Right now, he’s still confident the Celtics’ can win the 2020 title, should play resume.

“We are competitors,” Kanter said. “We want to go out there and for sure finish the season — especially (because) we actually have a really, really good chance to go out there and win a championship.”

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