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Romanian minister defends keeping Enes Kanter at airport

May 22, 2017

BUCHAREST, Romania -- Romania's foreign minister says his country had no choice in detaining Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter in the capital's airport.

Teodor Melescanu said Romania could not "proceed otherwise" in comments made to news.ro. He declined to comment further.

Kanter, who is Turkish, was detained at Henri Coanda Airport on Saturday before departing to the United States via London. He said in a video Saturday on his Twitter account that the Turkish embassy canceled his passport and that he had been detained for several hours at a Romanian airport.

Kanter said he believed he was held because of his political views. He has been a critic of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Kanter supports Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, who opposes Erdogan. Gulen lives in Pennsylvania....

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Thunder's Enes Kanter in London after being denied entry to Romania

May 21, 2017

OKC Thunder's Enes Kanter.Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter, after being denied entry to Romania and having his passport "canceled," has been permitted to leave the country and is in London, the NBA told The New York Times on Saturday.

Kanter tweeted late Saturday afternoon that he'd provide more details during a news conference on Sunday in New York.

A league source confirmed to ESPN that the NBA worked with the State Department to help get Kanter to London and that the next step was to get him back to the United States....

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Shaquille O'Neal says he'll run for sheriff in 2020

May 10, 2017

Shaquille O'Neal has worked as a reserve police officer in a number of cities during and after his Hall of Fame NBA career. Mike Pont/WireImage/Getty ImagesNBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal says he is thinking about running for office, telling an Atlanta TV station that he will try to become sheriff in 2020.

O'Neal didn't clarify to WXIA where he would enter a sheriff race. The 2000 NBA MVP holds residency in Florida and Georgia.

"This is not about politics for me. It's something that I always wanted to do. It's just about bringing people closer together," Shaq said Friday. "You know, when I was coming up, people love and respected the police, the deputies. And I want to be the one to bring that back, especially in the community that I serve."...

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Oklahoma’s Kanter bound for Manila

May 10, 2017

 Enes Kanter of Oklahoma City | APMANILA, Philippines – Oklahoma City Thunder big man Enes Kanter will fly to the country Thursday to launch a charitable foundation named after him with an aim of helping poor kids.

The 6-11 Turkish center has partnered with Fountain International School, one of the premiere and Cambridge certified institutions, in forming the “Enes Kanter Light Foundation,” which will focus on bringing shelter, food, education and resources to underprivileged youth.

The first beneficiary of this partnership will be White Cross Orphanage wherein Kanter will give gifts and other important supplies Thursday morning....

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Kendrick Perkins: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook 'on talking terms'

May 10, 2017

Kendrick Perkins said he brokered a phone call between Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant that took place after Westbrook eclipsed Oscar Robertson's triple-double record last month.

Perkins, a teammate of Westbrook and Durant with the Oklahoma City Thunder from 2011 to 2015, recalled in an appearance on TNT's "Area 21" on Monday night that after he had been attempting to "figure out a way to try to make them talk again, because I felt like the outside world was putting a beef there that really wasn't too serious," that Durant messaged him with the news.

"I think the night that Russ actually broke the record, I had texted KD," Perkins said, referring to April 10, after Westbrook and Durant had yet to officially speak since Durant joined the Golden State Warriors in July. "The next day, he was talking about something and he sent me a text and was like, 'Me and Russ had a nice conversation.' The media don't even know nothing about it, but I just let it be known that they're back on talking terms, the differences are aside."...

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