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#pounditTuesday, January 26, 2021

Thunder not allowed to show Enes Kanter on big board during playoffs

Enes Kanter

Enes Kanter returned to Oklahoma City on Wednesday night, but he was not able to get the reception that he may have been hoping for.

Kanter, whose New York Knicks did not make the playoffs, attended Game 5 between the Thunder and the Utah Jazz, coincidentally his two former teams. However, he was upset to learn he could not be shown on the big board during the game due to tampering reasons, per Fred Katz of the Norman Transcript.

Kanter also made clear that he was rooting for the Thunder and not the Jazz.

In addition, he rocked a “Stache Brothers” t-shirt (a nod to the nickname that he and Steven Adams had when they were teammates in OKC) and made sure to tweet a good luck message to the Thunder from the stands before tip-off.

Much to Kanter’s presumed delight, the Thunder defeated the Jazz 107-99 to force a Game 6 in the first-round playoff series. Missing out on a big board shoutout due to tampering concerns seems like a new one though. But you can’t blame Oklahoma City for abiding by it when one of their players was involved in a notable tampering violation just a few months ago.

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