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Remember When Enes Kanter’s Cheat Day Left Him Too Sick to Practice?

Enes Kanter is one of the Celtics’ most high-profile players. A longtime fan favorite, he’s been a top NBA center for a decade and remains a valuable asset to his team. Although Kanter often makes headlines for his political involvement, he is still best-known for his undeniable talent.

Still, even top players have their off days. In early 2019, Kanter ended up having to take a partial sick day due to a particularly epic cheat meal.

How did Enes Kanter get into basketball?

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Kanter was born in Switzerland in 1992. Raised by an accomplished family, he lived in several places as a child, including Istanbul and Turkey. When he was 17, Kanter moved to the U.S. to pursue a basketball career. His first move was to enroll in Stoneridge Preparatory School in scenic Simi Valley, California.

After playing a little over a year, Kanter knew he wanted to continue. The Jazz chose him in the 2011 draft, and he played for Utah for four seasons. In early 2015, Kanter was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder, where he stuck around for two years. Since then, he’s played for several more teams, including the New York Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers. In mid-2019, Kanter began playing for the Boston Celtics, his current team.

What did Kanter’s epic cheat day consist of?

Most NBA players have to ingest a lot of calories in order to maintain steady energy throughout grueling practices and games. Still, most of those calories should be healthy ones, made up of vegetables, lean protein, and other sources of vitamins and minerals. However, NBA players still enjoy cheat days from time to time. Kanter is no exception.

In early 2019, before he began playing for the Celtics, Kanter enjoyed an especially epic cheat day. He posted a video of it to Instagram, revealing that he feasted on a massive tray of French fries and seven cheeseburgers. Three of his burgers even had triple meat patties and a fried egg, presumably for extra protein. Kanter topped off his tray of fries with lots of ketchup. Yum?

Kanter’s teammates don’t let him forget his sick day

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While Kanter undoubtedly enjoyed his cheat meal, he didn’t do so well the following day when he reported for practice. Instead of supporting his team as usual, the 27-year-old had to sit out practice due to the meal sitting heavily in his stomach.

Kanter’s teammates didn’t seem to be too upset with his lack of participation. Mario Hezonja took the time to post a picture of Kanter’s locker, decorated with a legion of tiny plastic cheeseburgers, a not-so-subtle dig at his ill-timed feast.

Although Kanter might’ve had a hard time after that cheat meal, it hasn’t stopped him from enjoying similar feasts since. He continues to enjoy huge helpings of fast food on occasion, making sure to document those meals on social media. He is particularly fond of pancakes and has shared several photos of demolished stacks of breakfast food.