Kanter 'sad' after meeting with Fizdale, wants to play basketball
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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter was left feeling "sad" after a sitdown with head coach David Fizdale on Sunday.

Kanter was told that the Knicks' priority is to play their young centers - Luke Kornet and Mitchell Robinson - down the stretch and that minutes will be hard to come by, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman.

Earlier in January, Kanter denied requesting a trade, despite a reduced role. But he seems to have had a change of heart following his meeting with Fizdale.

"I was very disappointed," Kanter told reporters, including Berman. "There was nothing to be happy about. Everybody knows I love it here, man. I just saw one more time tonight when I went out there (to cheers). It's like my home. I love it here, but in the end, I want to play basketball. I miss playing basketball, man. And I would let (Knicks general manager) Scott (Perry) and my agent handle that stuff."

"We had the conversation (Sunday), and they were kind of like, shutting me down ... I love New York. I love the fans, but in the end, I want to play basketball."

Kanter has been linked to several suitors, including the Sacramento Kings in a potential swap for Zach Randolph. But he doesn't understand why the Knicks don't view him as a potential building block.

"I was sad, I was down (after the meeting)," Kanter said. "We're competitors, and I want to go out there and play basketball, and I understand now the situation with the Knicks. It's tough because they're trying to give the young guys a lot of minutes and get them better, but it's not like I'm 32, 33 years old. I'm 26 years old, and I want to go out there and compete."

Kanter is averaging 14.4 points and 11.0 boards per contest in 41 games played. He was a healthy DNP-CD for the past three games before scoring 11 points in 19 minutes after Kornet left Monday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder with an injury.

Kanter 'sad' after meeting with Fizdale, wants to play basketball
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