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Sunday Quickies: Free Enes Edition

Enes Kanter faces trouble at Romanian Airport and more in today’s quickies.

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NBA: Playoffs-Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston Rockets Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Poor Enes Kanter.

The Oklahoma City Thunder big man, and former Kentucky Wildcat, was held at a Romanian Airport without being allowed to enter the country. Why? Because Kanter doesn’t support Erdogan, Turkey’s current President. The Turkish government cancelled Kanter’s travel documents. NBA officials were able to help Kanter get out of the jam, and he flew to London, then back to the United States.

It hasn’t been easy-going for Kanter in his career. He was deemed ineligible to play NCAA basketball in his freshman year at Kentucky, so he went to the NBA. Since then, his family has “disowned” him for not supporting the establishment in Turkey. On top of that, Kanter broke his own arm punching a chair during the NBA’s regular season this year. And now this. But hey, he’s taking it in stride and not sweating it too bad (see tweets of the day).

Tweets of the day

Enes Kanter has had a rough weekend - NBA
Kanter was held at a Romanian airport after his travel documents were cancelled by the Turkish government due to his dislike for the Turkish president. He’s cleared the issue up and is returning to the United States.

Bat Cats fall to Florida - KSR
The Wildcats went into the series with a chance to win the SEC regular season title. They ended up finishing third, which is the seed they’ll have when the SEC Tournament starts.

UK softball advances to region final - SEC Country
The lady Cats defeated Illinois 1-0 on Saturday. They scored their only run on a sac fly, and Meagan Prince did the rest, allowing just three hits.

Billy Gillispie is coaching again - Herald-Leader
Gillespie seems like the type of person whose life is incomplete without basketball, but coaching again just doesn’t seem like the right move. Even if it is at a junior college.

Adebayo can shoot threes...? - KSR
Bam Adebayo operated almost exclusively in the post at Kentucky, but he’s using pre-draft workouts to show that he can space the floor as well.

Don’t jump to conclusions about Diallo’s vertical - Herald-Leader
Hamidou Diallo has an insane vertical, showing his great athleticism. But that doesn’t mean he’ll automatically be a great NBA player one day.

MVP or not, LeBron is the best basketball player in the world - USA Today
People are losing their minds over the fact that LeBron James was not top three in MVP voting this year. It’s obvious that James is the best player in the world. But the Cavs (and LeBron) have been focused all year on hitting their peak in the postseason. Russ, Kawhi and Harden played at their peak the entire regular season.

Isaiah Thomas out for rest of playoffs - ESPN
The Celtics are probably going to lose by about 95 points in game 3. Might as well not even play game 4.

Calvin Johnson didn’t like how the Lions treated him when he retired - NBC Sports
Johnson doesn’t really like to talk about the Detroit Lions, and he’s not thinking about getting his number retired, because his relationship with the franchise has been rough since retiring.

The Preakness got weird - SB Nation
OK, The Preakness always gets weird. But this time it got really weird when Bob Costas got up on the shoulders of people with horse heads on.