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There were so many things Jazz fans enjoyed about the affable Enes Kanter's personality during his first three seasons with the team.
The Turkish jokester once used Twitter to seek female dates to join him at a Cheesecake Factory. He did the worm during the rookie dance off and dropped the mic at center court. He had dreams of going into professional wrestling after his playing days were over.
And it seems now the UnderKanter has turned heel.
As the 22-year-old center spoke with reporters Saturday morning after the Thunder's shootaround, Kanter's first trip back to EnergySolutions Arena since asking for and getting a deadline trade in February, the big man expressed frustrations over his time in Salt Lake City and leveled thinly veiled blows at the Jazz organization.
"I think it wasn't just a one- or two-game frustration; it was a three-and-a-half-year frustration," Kanter said. Asked what those frustrations were, Kanter responded: "I would say almost everything."
Kanter admitted that he "didn't bring it every night" on the basketball court while with the Jazz and said he has enjoyed a revitalization since joining the Thunder.
"I think the difference is probably I like playing basketball there," Kanter said. "That's the most important thing. Never liked playing basketball before in my NBA career. That's my first time I start like playing basketball there, for my team, for the fans, for my teammates, for coaches, everybody. That's the first time."
Kanter said upon arriving in Oklahoma City he experienced a higher level of professionalism, though he declined to discuss specifics about his issues with the Jazz.
"I don't want to make no comments on them," he said. "But right after I went to OKC, I was like, oh man, this is how an NBA team is."
So does Kanter miss anything about Utah?
"Mountains," he said after a long pause. "That's it."