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OKC/USA is HOME for Enes Kanter and that is good……..

Enes Kanter is a player for the Oklahoma City Thunder. In two and one half years on hardwood of the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Reno Street, the tall Turk has become one of the most popular players in the franchise.  He is noted for his generous heart through his charity endeavors in community and world wide work.  Kanter’s  gregarious personality as he goes about his daily duties is noted.  He is a man that enjoys life.


His Thunder teammates are in his corner as demonstrated in the last week or so.  This man that has earned the respect of fans and non-fans in this city, and to be fair, with the conservative atmosphere in Oklahoma, that may, to some, be quite remarkable. People around the country like to put down Oklahomans for not being accommodating for others beliefs (yes, OK is the red state of red states).  Yet as far as I have been able to witness, Kanter, along with other Muslim players for OKC, Thabo Sefolosha, and Dion Waiters, have been supported 100 percent and given their just freedoms to be what they are in OKC, favorites.  Enes, Thabo, ad Dion have been upstanding members of our community. The Thunder ownership has also been great with the players they bring to OKC.  Religious issues do not come up, as their needs are met with great care and any discourse would be unimaginable.  Yes, there is something to “the Thunder way.”


Enes Kanter won’t end his career in OKC as the way of the NBA, but be assured that he will always be a loved member of the Thunder.  We know this from his interaction with the his current team and his current residence.  He is at home right now in OKC. 



As he can call Oklahomans his family, the thought is reciprocal.  Oklahoma can and does call Enes family.  That will not end even if his basketball travels take him to another place.  Change of address does not mean change of heart. OKC will always be HOME for Enes.



From Sportsnaut: http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nba/turkey-kanter-a-member-of-terrorist-group-issues-warrant/ar-BBByNtb?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=LENOVODHP15: 

Now, it looks like Turkey itself is pushing back against the former Utah Jazz lottery pick.

According to a report from AFP, Turkey issued an arrest warrant for Kanter, claiming that he is a member of a terrorist organization.

“A judge issued the arrest warrant after an Istanbul prosecutor opened an investigation into Kanter’s alleged “membership of an armed terrorist organisation”, Sabah Daily, a pro-government newspaper in Turkey, reported.

Obviously, this is nothing more than the oppressive government attempting to throw Kanter under the bus. It’s the way dictatorships push back against those who oppose their rule. Using what amounts to as nothing more than a state-run newspaper to make the claim magnifies this further.

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About Fred Pahlke

Fred Pahlke, an Oklahoma native has viewed over 10,000 sporting events in his 65 years. A season ticket holder of the Oklahoma City Thunder, former season tickect holder for the Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma City University Chiefs/Stars, he is an expert in both professional and college basketball and football. A high school athlete at Classen High School in basketball and tennis, he played amateur tennis after high school in the Missouri Valley Tennis Association. A graduate of Oklahoma City University, he taught in the public schools for 6 years before becoming a building administrator in the Oklahoma City Public Schools for 31 years, 28 as the Principal of various schools in the district. He has guided various high school and college athletes in his time as an educator and coach. Fredsportsextra has recorded 101, 410 article views in its first ten months, from August 2015 through May 2016.

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