NBA won't ask Enes Kanter to tone down criticism of Turkish government

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The NBA supports the decision Enes Kanter made to stay behind while the Knicks traveled to London, though commissioner Adam Silver said the league is taking reports of Turkey issuing an extradition notice for the 26-year-old center “very seriously.” “My stance is I think it’s very unfortunate Enes Kanter is not here with the New York Knicks,” Silver said of Kanter not making the trip to London, via Marc Berman of the New York Post. Silver went on: “I absolutely understand his reasoning why he elected not to come. Certainly, there wasn’t a suggestion to the league not to come on this trip. We live in a world, these are really significant issues that he’s dealing with. I recognize for the NBA that by virtue of a fact we’re a global business, we have to pay attention to these issues.” Sources tell Berman that the NBA won’t act until official extradition is made, and the league will work with the State Department should that occur. Turkish prosecutors are seeking an international arrest warrant for Kanter, accu

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