Enes Kanter was stunned that he got into the game in the third quarter Wednesday. But that’s how desperate Knicks coach David Fizdale was as the NBA’s worst team played the part to perfection in a 114-90 rout at the hands of the Mavericks.
But there was a feel-good moment. After four straight games in which he did not play, Kanter bounded off the bench, went to his knees and kissed the midcourt Garden logo upon entering the game. He explained later it could be a farewell kiss in potentially his final game in a Knicks’ uniform as he seeks a trade after being banished from the rotation.
“They know the love of New York I have in my heart,’’ Kanter said. “I have no problem with this organization. From Day 1, I loved this city, this organization, the fans. They opened their arms.’’
For the second straight home game, the fans chanted Kanter’s name — and this time Fizdale caved.
“It was kissing the logo — I love this team,’’ Kanter said. “I was planning this for a long time. I was waiting to get back in. Who knows how much longer I will play here? I was able to show the fans some love for one last time — I have no idea.’’
After a series of dunks by Mavs center DeAndre Jordan in the third quarter, chants of “We Want Kanter’’ filled the Garden. Fizdale, who said beforehand he was sticking to his guns, yelled out “Enes.’’ Kanter hopped off the bench to cheers and came in with 5:24 left in the third.