Posted by: Nathan Taylor on December 1st, 2011The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
Go to Youtube and check out Enes Kanter Euro Championships 2011. Sure he is seen outmuscling big Gasol of Memphis, and Noah of the Bulls, but one of the most beautiful yet insightful plays is when on one play Kanter initiates contact with Dirk Nowitzki 4 times. Kanter has incredible force generated from his internal and external obliques, hip flexors and glutes. Much like Bruce Lee could generate alot of force in a 2 inch punch Kanter likewise has quick full contraction of the aforementioned muscles enbabling him to with very little spinning or leaning in movement bang another player with alot of force. This is because force is more heavily influenced by speed than weight. Kanter has the weight and as far as core speed he goes from 0 to 60 really quickly, even if other athletes may beable to get to say 80, Kanter still smokes them in the beggining. Well who cares what does that mean anyway? Take a look at the play against Nowitzki and you will see. First it means as quick as Nowitzki is Kanter’s subtle spins and bumps are too quick to avoid, Second it means that when Kanter hits you it will actually hurt. Watch it and appreciate the fact that this guy will be able to initiate contact with NBA big’s and he will actually hurt them. Just watch the faces of the guys he plays against he is jarring their bodies, they grimace much like some one was just pounding away at their body with their fists. This is why guys will sigh when they see they have to guard Enes Kanter…
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