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Enes Kanter suffers nasty-looking dislocated shoulder (Picture)

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Enes Kanter has one of the best senses of humor in the NBA, but the Utah Jazz center had very little to smile about during his team’s win over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night. Kanter played only three minutes in the game before suffering a dislocated left shoulder. As you can see from the photo above that Deadspin passed along, it did not look comfortable.

Kanter suffered the injury when he collided with Hamed Haddadi. He wanted to stay in the game, but he quickly realized the pain was too great and that something was wrong.

“It disconnected after I fell to the ground and the other guy fell on my arm,” Kanter said, via The Salt Lake Tribune.

It’s probably best to exit the game when your shoulder looks like it’s in danger of popping through your skin. Kanter is usually the guy who says insane things and loves to mess around, but that was one nasty looking shoulder injury. We’ll forgive him for not being in a joking mood on Wednesday.

Enes Kanter says his house in Utah is haunted

Utah Jazz fan favorite Enes Kanter gave an entertaining interview to Kyle Gunther of 1320 KFAN in Salt Lake City on Wednesday. Kanter touched on many funny topics such as his absurd diet, his bucket list, and his rookie hazing experience. The 2011 No. 3 overall draft pick also told Gunther that his home in Utah is haunted.

Kanter says he rented a big house in Salt Lake City and that he’s experienced many strange incidents there recently.

Kanter says that two weeks ago he was sleeping in his home when he woke up and heard someone say, “Hey Enes.” The strange part is he says he was alone. He says he then heard a car start.

Five days ago, Kanter says he was sleeping and his lights went on in his room. He says he had a friend sleeping downstairs in the house, so he figured it was his buddy messing with him. When he went downstairs to check on his buddy, he found his friend asleep. Kanter says the lights upstairs were also turning on and off even though nobody was up there. Kanter says he then went back upstairs and found his closet light on. Worried about what was going on, Kanter later had his buddy check the lights in the house who said they were fine.

Then last night, Kanter says he woke up around 4:30 in the morning after hearing creaking noises in the house and lights going off. He heard a door shut and texted his friend to ask if he was doing it. The friend said no.

The belief that the house is haunted has left Kanter perplexed. Gunther suggested that he call the Ghostbusters to come fix the issue.

Those weren’t the only funny stories Kanter told.

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Enes Kanter dropped the mic after giving Jazz fans a pregame speech (Video)

If Enes Kanter wasn’t a Jazz fan favorite before, he is now. The 19-year-old Turkish rookie has only played limited minutes this season, but the dude is hardcore. Oh yes. Kanter seemed to be pushed by his teammates to deliver a pregame speech to Jazz fans prior to the team’s game against Portland on Thursday, and he knocked it out of the park.

Kanter straight up grabbed the mic, took over, and proceeded to rock the house like a seasoned MC. He had his elbow up, the back end of the mic tilted to the sky, and he opened things up with a “What’s up, what’s up, what’s up, what’s up!” The best part was the way he closed with a boss move, dropping the mic like a true thug.

Enes Kanter. Hard. Core.

Chest bump to The Big Lead

Jazz keep Enes Kanter from eating fried chicken after games for rookie hazing

When it comes to rookie hazing, some get off easy and others have to fight for their lives just to survive. The type of torment a rookie has to deal with ultimately depends on how creative the veterans are on his team. Unfortunately for Jazz rookie center Enes Kanter, Utah has some pretty innovative senior members. When the Jazz sit and chow down on delicious fried chicken after games, Kanter has to either watch or face the wrath of Al Jefferson.

For several minutes, Jefferson publicly hounded Kanter. And while the Utah rookie was reminded all four boxes of chicken weren’t just for him at the same time a teammate made fun of his too-large dress shirt, Jefferson displayed his veteran chops. Not only couldn’t Kanter dig in and fill up a heaping plate, but he couldn’t even eat until everyone else with at least one year of professional service had stepped up to the line and done their part to devour what one player estimated was $200 worth of chicken.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, even assistant coaches will step up and take down some chicken if it means none being left for Kanter. Six-year veteran C.J. Miles said he has never seen anyone have to deal with the stuff that Jefferson makes his fellow center deal with in all his time with the Jazz.

This week alone, Kanter has had to provide Dunkin Donuts for all of his teammates, hike to to the top of Time Warner Cable Arena, and — of course — walk around the locker room offering fried chicken to his teammates while enjoying nothing but the smell of it. The life of a rookie can be tough, but it sounds like Kanter could be the most unlucky rookie in the NBA.

NBA Draft Analysis and Recap of the First 14 Picks – How do they all fit?

Thursday’s NBA draft was both exhilarating and head-scratching. Some players went higher than expected (ahem, Iman Shumpert). Others fell far, to teams that never expected to grab them (Chris Singleton and the Wizards, for instance).

It’s too early to tell which of these players will reach their potential and which ones will veer off the tracks in an Adam Morrison-like train crash. Like an overwrought episode of Franklin & Bash, it’ll take a while for the basketball community to reach its final verdicts.

In the meantime, here’s a quick pick-by-pick analysis of each player taken in this year’s lottery and how they fit with their new team:

1. Kyrie Irving (PG) – Cleveland

The look on Irving’s agent’s face when Irving’s name was called No. 1 was priceless. Turns out Cleveland had kept them in the dark all week long. Not a promise (despite there being word of a promise). Not a hint. Nothing. When you heard “Kyrie Irving to the Cleveland Cavaliers,” that’s the first time he heard it too. I’m sure Irving’s agent will remind Cavs executives of this in a few years when it comes time to sign an extension. In the meantime, Irving will be asked to keep the Cavs afloat with a nucleus of Baron Davis, AndersonVarejao, J.J. Hickson and Tristan Thompson. No easy feat. Let’s hope Dan Gilbert isn’t thinking playoffs any time soon.

2. Derrick Williams (PF) - Minnesota

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A Beginner’s Guide to the 2011 NBA Draft: Profiles on All the Top Prospects

Reading NBA draft previews sometimes feels like wading through Princess Bride-style quicksand. With so many names to remember and stats to sift through, it can be hard to figure out what draft info is important and what’s just unnecessary nonsense.

Do you care as a casual fan, for instance, that Enes Kanter has 5.9% body fat? Or that Marcus Morris can run three quarters of the court in 3.2 seconds whereas his twin brother, Markieff, runs it in 3.4 seconds? Not really, right?

You just want the basics. Which is why I wrote this beginner’s guide.

Draft lunatics will already know most of what is written below. It’s not quantum physics, just a good starting place for people staring at the screen on draft night wondering “who is that guy?”

If you’re here for insight into Nikola Vucevic’s standing reach, you’ve come to the wrong place. But if cheat sheet info delivered in 100 words or less is your thing, I’m your guy. You won’t find any quicksand here.

Here’s my Cliff Notes-style guide to the 2011 NBA draft:

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NCAA Rules Kentucky Forward Enes Kanter Permanently Ineligible

Unlike the past few years where the NCAA cleared a John Calipari player before the season and then things were questioned after the season finished, they have ruled on freshman forward Enes Kanter early on. A press release says “The NCAA student-athlete reinstatement staff has ruled University of Kentucky men’s basketball student-athlete Enes Kanter permanently ineligible for receiving benefits above his actual and necessary expenses while playing for a club basketball team in Turkey.”

New NCAA rules allow potential student-athletes to play with professionals but they’re not allowed to get paid more than is necessary to cover expenses such as food and transportation. The NCAA determined Kanter received over $33,000 more than what was necessary, suggesting he was a professional player thereby wiping out his amateur status.

Kentucky plans to appeal the ruling with a reinstatement committee at the end of the month. The committee has the power to reduce or remove the condition, so Kentucky at least has that going for it. The Wildcats weren’t planning on playing Kanter until he was cleared and it now appears as if they won’t have him around period.