Portland Trail Blazers’ point guard Damian Lillard had high praise for teammate Enes Kanter after the latter broke the franchise record for rebounds. Kanter displayed a knack for cleaning the offensive glass in particular in the win over the Detroit Pistons. Following the win, Lillard said he was the best in the game, according to Jamie Hudson of NBC Sports Northwest.
“It takes effort and persistence to come up with that many rebounds in a game where it’s that many professional athletes on the floor and he’s probably the worst athlete of all of them. So for him to come down with 30 rebounds, it’s special and it just shows his knack for getting the ball.”
“He’s the best I’ve ever played with just finding a way to get the ball… I always think there’s a chance that he’s going to come up with it.”
Kanter stated it’s not something he has particularly focused on over the years.
“It’s not something that I ever worked on,” Kanter explained. “It’s God’s gift, that’s what I will say… I have been this way since I was a little kid… Scoring is cool and everything, but rebounding, especially offensive rebounding, it gives my teammates confidence to shoot the ball better.”
The reaction from his teammates made Kanter happy.
“When I looked at the bench and everybody was up, everybody was cheering, everybody was smiling, everybody was supporting their teammates and that’s what we are all about.”
Hopefully there will be more records set in the future.