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NBA Assistant Coach Attacked Just Because He’s a Republican as Per Former Celtics Player Who Dragged LeBron James

Published 08/16/2022, 12:30 PM EDT

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Former Boston Celtics player Enes Kanter Freedom, who has grabbed headlines in the past for calling out LeBron James on his political views, recently posted a snippet of a conversation with an NBA assistant coach on Twitter. In the conversation, the anonymous assistant coach claimed that he faced many difficulties working in the league, supposedly for his political orientation.

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Kanter Freedom, who generated a lot of buzz after calling out LeBron James for his Brittney Griner comments, has once again hurled the NBA Twitter into a state of frenzy.


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Not long ago, Enes Kanter Freedom grabbed media headlines after claiming that the NBA has repudiated him for freely voicing his political opinions. The 30-year-old center came to the conclusion after not receiving any offers from the league this offseason. According to his beliefs, the NBA has unofficially excommunicated him for hurting their business interests by expressing unfavorable opinions on China, the league’s largest consumer market outside the country.

Incidentally, Kanter Freedom has been very critical of the alleged malpractices of the Chinese administration. In addition, he has also invited conflict with the biggest superstar in the league, LeBron James.

NBA assistant coach attacked for his political views

Enes Kanter Freedom posted a tweet highlighting the plight of an NBA assistant coach. As it turns out, the unnamed staffer faced discrimination in the organization for being a Republican.

It’s kind of like thrown to the wolves,” the assistant coach described his experience working in the league. “And it didn’t feel like there was room for anything other than what they had already decided.”


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Additionally, the staffer also claimed that he was ostracized for criticizing President Obama in a private conversation. In the end, he had no option left but to quit.

Enes Kanter Freedom’s feud with LeBron James


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Enes Kanter Freedom has used his platform to voice his bold political opinions. Last year, he called out LeBron James for his silence on the Chinese government’s alleged malpractices.

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In 2022, he once again criticized the Lakers superstar for his comments on Brittney Griner. In other words, the 6’10” center accused James of taking his freedom as an American for granted.


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Satagni Sikder


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Satagni Sikder is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He has a Master's degree in English from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, and has been following the NBA since 2017. Moreover, he supports the Dallas Mavericks, and unsurprisingly, Luka Doncic is his favorite player.
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Pritam Priyedarshi