Celtics’ Enes Kanter blasts Nets owner Joe Tsai: ‘Spineless’

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BOSTON – The Nets were looking forward to hearing this from TD Garden fans. He probably had no idea that the most vicious verbal attacks would be from a Boston player.

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Celtics center Enes Kanter – who has been outspoken in his disapproval of the Chinese government’s policies – took to social media on Wednesday at Nets owner Joe Tsai.

“The owner of [email protected] is a coward and a puppet of the Chinese government,” Kantor tweeted. “Being anti-CCP does not mean being anti-Asian. It is possible to #StopAsianHate and stand up against CCP.

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“Human rights are not “Western” values, they are universal values!

“Spineless Joe Tsai.”

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It was the worst attack a league owner has ever received from a player, and it included a Clippers fiasco with racist Donald Sterling.

Outspoken Celtics center Ennes Kantor had some choice words for Nets owner Joe Tsai.
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Cantor is clearly informing that Tsai, the co-founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, has enabled China. Tsai, who lives part-time in Hong Kong, caught heat two years ago for calling Hong Kong protesters “separatists”.

An email seeking a response from Tsai’s camp was not immediately returned.


Nets are not only enjoying the Thanksgiving off after returning from a road trip, but they can also be thankful for some health to boot.

Kevin Durant has played back-to-back games after a shoulder injury and none has gotten worse. And while Bruce Brown missed both games in Cleveland and Boston with a tight left hamstring, it looks like he may be back with a white-hot sun for Saturday’s home struggle.

Coach Steve Nash said, “I sincerely hope he comes back.” “He wants to play. We think in the long run it’s best not to risk it [against the Celtics],

The Nets are 11-3 this season when the Browns start, making him an impressive 40-11 when he is in the lineup (21-4 at home) from last season.

Joe Harris missed the fifth straight game on Wednesday with a left ankle sprain, and Nash said he didn’t expect to come back against Phoenix.

The sharpshooting wing is fifth in the league in 3-point percentage (.466), and has 25 of 42 (.595) from deep in his last eight games.


Kyrie Irving (not with the team), Nick Claxton (non-COVID illness) and David Duke Jr (left hip flexor tendinopathy) were all out.


Nets co-owner Clara Wu Tsai held a meeting with Yes Network, which will be broadcast in two parts. At Wednesday’s pregame show she discussed her relationship with the Irving, Joe and Clara Tsai Foundation (including its Social Justice Fund) and the new “You Belong Here/We Belong Here” neon installation at Barclays Center.

The second part of the interview airs on the pregame show for Saturday’s game.

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