January 17, 2022

Celtics’ Kanter to alter final identify to Freedom

Boston Celtics middle Enes Kanter is altering his identify to Enes Kanter Freedom.

The choice comes forward of the Turkish-born Kanter turning into a United States citizen on Monday. His agent advised The Related Press that Kanter will make his identify change official after finishing the citizenship course of.

Kanter has a protracted historical past of social activism. He has been an outspoken critic of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and was indicted in his residence nation in 2018 on prices of belonging to an armed terrorist group, which he denies. Turkey, which revoked his passport, is searching for his extradition.

This season, Kanter has expressed help for Tibet, a stance that has led to Celtics video games being pulled from Chinese media.

Drafted by Utah with the third general choose within the 2011 draft, Kanter is in his second stint with the Celtics after earlier stops with the Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder, New York Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers.

In 11 seasons, Kanter has averaged 11.four factors and seven.9 rebounds per sport.

Data from Reuters is included on this report.