(Adds comments from news briefing) NEW YORK, May 22 (Reuters) - Enes Kanter, the NBA star whose home country, Turkey, revoked his passport over the weekend, lashed out at President Tayyip Erdogan at a news conference on Monday, calling him "the Hitler of our century" and describing himself as the victim of political retaliation. Kanter, an outspoken Erdogan critic who plays for the National Basketball Association's Oklahoma City Thunder, returned to the United States on Sunday after being detained in Romania when authorities learned his passport had been revoked. The 6-foot-11-inch center, whose team was eliminated from the NBA playoffs, was traveling on a charity and promotional tour. "The reason
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant has no regrets about the way he went about his free agency and choosing the Golden State Warriors, he told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated. “I made the 100 percent correct decision, win or lose,” Durant said. Durant is on the verge of returning the NBA Finals for the first time since 2012, when he was a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder and lost to LeBron James and the Miami Heat.
Is there anything Magic Johnson can’t do? The Los Angeles Lakers legend has done well since taking over as president of basketball operations in February. In short order, he traded Lou Williams to the Houston Rockets for a first-round pick and in a separate move sent Marcelo Huertas to the Rockets for Tyler Ennis, who showed some promise during the last few weeks of the season. Now, it appears that Johnson is also at least partially responsible for the impressive late-season play of rookie Brandon Ingram. The Lakers draft the young, wiry Ingram out of Duke last summer, knowing that he would be a bit of a project due to his lack of strength. Still, Ingram’s versatile skill set and incredible wingspan