Portland Trailblazers center Enes Kanter took a hard hit to the face that opened up a nasty cut above his left eye.
Kanter’s wound was so bad that it bled all over the court during Thursday night’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers. The deep gash happened when Kanter and several others went up for a rebound following a missed shot by Philadelphia center Joel Embiid, TMZ reports.
“Enes Kanter leaves the game with a face laceration,” Bleacher Report shares in a tweet with a clip of the incident. “He walked off to the locker room He walked off to the locker room.”
What’s more, it was actually Kanter’s teammate’s elbow that he collided with. Robert Covington unintentionally struck the Turkish basketball player in the face.
Kanter had to leave the court for the locker room to receive treatment. The 28-year-old Trailblazer looked more annoyed than anything. Kanter received three stitches above his eye for the injury. As a matter of fact, he returned to the game to play!
“The eye is good, man. I’m a Turkish warrior. A little cut isn’t going to keep me out,” Kanter says, according to sports anchor/ reporter Orlando Sanchez.
Kanter finished the game with 10 points and 14 rebounds, helping the Portland Trailblazers to a 118-114 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. Six of those points Kanter scored were after the stitches.
Enes Kanter Jokes About Injury
The NBAer also says that some guys looked at the blood streaming down his face and said, “he’s getting ready for his wrestling career,” Oregon Live reports.
“I love it,” Kanter said. “That’s my game, going out there and playing physical and channeling everything I can to bring a win for my teammates…It was actually cool just being out there with all of that blood.”
Kanter jokingly says that he might send the video to the WWE CEO Vince McMahon.
The 6-foot-10 basketball player also jokes that now he and Covington are even. Kanter says the elbow to the eye makes up for him contributing to the concussion Covington suffered in Portland on Jan. 24. It was actually New York forward Julius Randle who hit Covington on the head. However, Kanter says that it was partly his fault for getting tangled up with Randle which caused him to hit his teammate.
“We’re even now,” Kanter said. “So, we cool.”
The Portland Trailblazers currently have a winning record, with 14-10 and 7-5 at home.