Enes Kanter isn’t happy with Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo or assistant coach Darvin Ham.
The New York Knicks big man called them both out on Friday over an altercation from Thursday night’s game in Milwaukee, a Knicks loss.
Things got testy early in the fourth when Kanter knocked Antetokounmpo to the floor with a forearm to the head at the 9:56 mark. As the two players went face-to-face at the other end of the court, Ham appeared to shove Kanter away.
Kanter was given a double technical and ejected. Antetokounmpo also was assessed a technical but stayed in the game.
But Kanter wonders why there was no punishment for Ham.
“The NBA should fine him,” Kanter said to reporters. “He’s not my assistant coach, so he’s not allowed to touch me. You’re a Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach, so you’re allowed to touch the Bucks players. Not me. He cannot be touching me. I could’ve just pushed him back and started another fight, but I don’t think the NBA wants that. He’s not my assistant coach. He’s not my friend. He’s not nobody.”
As for the “Greek Freak” – who scored 31 points, grabbed 14 rebounds, dished out eight assists and blocked four shots in the victory – Kanter sees a double standard from the league.
“He’s the golden boy,” said Kanter of Antetokounmpo. “Obviously he’s the golden child, and they gave me two technicals. OK. Whatever.”
The Knicks and Bucks do not meet again in the regular season.