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Celtics Notebook: From Enes Kanter to Enes Kanter Freedom

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The name change caps a particularly active stretch for Freedom, considering his ongoing effort to call attention to the human rights abuses and aggression by the Chinese government in places like Tibet, Hong Kong and Taiwan via national TV interviews and game night sneaker art. Kanter has called out the NBA and sneaker giant Nike for supporting the Chinese system.
Enes Kanter is scheduled to officially become a United State citizen on Monday, and in honor of this long anticipated occasion by the Celtics center, he has changed his name to Enes Kanter Freedom. The name change caps a particularly active stretch for Freedom, considering his ongoing effort to call attention to the human rights abuses and aggression by the Chinese government in places like Tibet, Hong Kong and Taiwan via national TV interviews and game night sneaker art. Freedom has called out the NBA and sneaker giant Nike for supporting the Chinese system. His name change is also part of a long-standing tradition, going back to when Sixers and Cavs star Lloyd Free changed his name to World B. Free, and later when the Lakers’ Ron Artest became Metta World Peace. But it’s all good with his team, provided that Freedom pays proper attention to his professional responsibilities. “(No problem) with him, specifically,” said Celtics coach Ime Udoka.

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