Just because he stopped playing doesn’t mean he stopped talking. After the Boston Celtics traded Enes Freedom for the Houston Rockets, where he received an immediate exemption, the politically outspoken center has yet to find a new home in the NBA. Because no NBA team showed any interest in bringing him back not too long after Freedom spoke out against China, there was growing belief (among Freedom’s followers) that he was being beaten by the NBA. shadow for his comments about China. It seems that Enes herself strongly believes in this conspiracy.
On April 15, Freedom was featured in an article for the Greek language publication The National Herald where he was asked what he believes went down that led to his supposed departure from the NBA. Freedom frankly says it doesn’t make sense to know what he can do on court.
“Last year I was in Portland and I was averaging doubles – doubles and we made it to the knockouts,” Freedom said. “I am the key. They come and tell me after a year that I have forgotten how to play basketball? ”
Freedom went on to point out that he believes it was his anti-China comments this season that ultimately sealed his fate as an outcast. He believes the NBA’s letting him out of the league because of his comments about China shows that they value their financial interests over the players’ freedom of speech.
“When I started talking about what was happening in China, the Celtics were cut from Chinese television. That costs the NBA money. So the NBA says they’re on our side for freedom of speech. I don’t believe it. In other words, he stands his ground, as long as what we say helps his pocket, otherwise they will do anything to finish you off. I say this because they are trying to get me to retire at 29”.
No matter what one might think of Freedom’s political beliefs, at least he didn’t back down from them. He made it clear that if he were to play in the NBA again, he would carry his outspoken beliefs with him wherever he went. Now whether or not what he believes about the unlucky league for him is true, at least he’s not undercutting any of his words.
Freedom Keeps His Options Open
Despite Freedom’s strong beliefs about what the NBA thinks of him, he still hopes he can find a spot on the NBA roster.
“I know I can play six to seven more years because I love basketball, I’m healthy and I think people can see that I deserve to be in the NBA,” Freedom said. However, if returning to the NBA is not an option for him at this point, he would consider playing professional basketball abroad.
“My first goal is to play in the NBA and I want to be there,” Freedom said. “However, if this hadn’t happened, I would have grown up watching Panathinaikos, Olympiakos and other teams, while my brother, who played last year in Greece and Kolossos Rhodes, told me that was there. how good.”
However, Freedom said he wanted to meet Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis of Greece before making any decisions if needed. That’s fair on his part. He wants to play professional basketball, but he also wants to know how much trouble he will face if he continues to speak openly about his political views.
Well, the man deserves the props to thoroughly evaluate all his options.
Celtics did not skip a rhythm without freedom
When Boston brought in Enes for the second time, they did so to preserve Al Horford, 35, and wary of the injured Robert Williams III. In theory, bringing Freedom back was a wise move as he would fill those gaps and he’s used to the best players on the team.
Fast-forward to the NBA trade deadline and, well, whatever the reason, it’s clear the Celtics don’t think he deserves to keep him because they used him as a contract filler Daniel Theis is back from Houston. In the time since the Freedom trade, they’ve posted the following numbers according to NBA.com.
Record: 20-6 (First in the NBA)
Attack Rating: 121.6 (first place)
Defense Rating: 108.3 (First)
Net Rating: Plus-13.3 (First)
On that last statistic, the next team to fall behind the Celtics in that category is Memphis, who have a real score of 7.2.
Now to say that Freedom to Go trading is the direct cause of their new success would be completely false. But honestly, that’s because they didn’t trust Enes that much when he was here. He played just 35 of the Celtics’ first 56 games, and he only played a total of 411 minutes before they swapped him, according to NBA.com.
By comparison, after being acquired at the close of the trade, Daniel Theis appeared in 21 games – 14 games less than Freedom – and played 393 minutes for them – less than Freedom 18 – apparently Ime Udoka et al. . apparently they trusted Theis more as their third hub than they did with Freedom.
Now, if Freedom believes he’s been blackballed from the league because of his political beliefs, that’s his prerogative, but it doesn’t bode well for any NBA player’s future. if the following happens:
1. Their team doesn’t trust them that much.
2. They started playing much better after they were eliminated.
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