Enes Kanter slumped at his locker with his hands covering his forehead — a picture of doom and gloom.
It was a miserable day for Kanter all around and he embarked on a locker-room rant after the Jazz’s 129-97 demolition of the Knicks — essentially accusing the franchise of declining to compete by benching him for undrafted second-year man Luke Kornet. Kanter called it “very painful.’’
The night started with the NBA disclosing it would not fine Bucks assistant coach Darvin Ham for his role in the skirmish between Kanter and Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo during Thursday’s game. That turned out to be the good news.
In his new role of caddie to Kornet, Kanter went scoreless (0-for-6) and didn’t hit the court until nine minutes in with the Knicks already down 14 points.
Kanter said repeatedly after the game he’s bewildered at the way he’s being treated.
“I just want to go out and play basketball and want to win,’’ he said. “I don’t know why they’re shutting me down. I just want to win. I don’t care if I start or come off the bench.