Knicks center to skip trip, fearing assassination
New York center Enes Kanter will not travel to London for the Knicks’ upcoming international game because he believes he could be assassinated for his opposition to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Kanter announced his plan Friday night after a 119-112 win over the Lakers. The Knicks later said Kanter also won’t make the trip because of a visa issue.
New York will face Washington at The O2 arena in London on Jan. 17. He says he can’t travel anywhere except the U.S. and Canada because “there’s a chance I could get killed out there.”
Nuggets 123, Hornets 110: Nikola Jokic scored a season-high 39 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, reserve Paul Millsap added 18 and Western Conferenceleading Denver knocked off Charlotte for its 10th straight home victory.
Jazz 110, Pistons 105: Donovan Mitchell scored 24 of his 26 points in the second half, and Utah rallied from an 18-point, second-quarter deficit to win at Detroit. Blake Griffin scored 34 points for the Pistons. Pelicans 133, Cavaliers 98: Jrue Holiday and Julius Randle both scored 22 points, and New Orleans handed Cleveland its ninth straight loss in a rout. The defeat came a night after Cavaliers coach Larry Drew and his players held a lengthy meeting following a 26-point loss to Utah.