When it was time for Turkish Knicks’ star Enes Kanter to knuckle down and learn the English language, he got help from two very unlikely places. Read on for more information on the basketball player’s crash course lessons.
Enes made the big move to the States back in 2010. Once here, he enrolled at University of Kentucky. However, the 6'10" center was barred from the team because he’d played professionally back in Turkey and was considered ineligible by the NCAA.
As he waited for the 2011 NBA draft, he needed a productive way to past the time. That’s where the New York native and self-proclaimed “meatball” Snooki came in.
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“SpongeBob is my favorite. That cartoon was actually where I got my English most,” the 26-year-old admitted to CBS in a recent interview.
He explained, “In college, I couldn't play; I was just sitting down and watching two shows: SpongeBob and Jersey Shore. Because you have to learn the street language, not the normal language.”
“I think it helped my English a lot,” he said. And Kanter has gone on to use to his English to get into social media wars with everyone from LeBron James to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
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