Knicks C Enes Kanter on his reduced role: 'I definitely don't agree with the decision'

Knicks center Enes Kanter wasn’t happy with his reduced role in the team’s 127-109 loss to the Thunder on Monday.

Coach David Fizdale made the decision to bench Kanter in favor of New York’s younger centers, Luke Kornet and Mitchell Robinson. After the game at Madison Square Garden, Kanter expressed his frustration with the situation.

“I was very disappointed,” he said, via ESPN. “There was nothing to be happy about, so I’m not happy and I definitely don’t agree with the decision, of course.”

Kanter was on the court 19 minutes and netted 11 points in New York’s losing efforts.

“I’m a player. We are competitors, so [we want to] play big minutes,” Kanter said. “If you look at the whole year, first 41 games, I did not miss a game. And they put me in fourth [in the] rotation [on Monday], it definitely hurts. It hurts a lot.”

The loss to the Thunder marked the team’s sixth consecutive defeat after a win against the Lakers on Jan. 4 ended another long losing skid.

Kanter, who is playing his second season in New York, has averaged 14.4 points and 11 rebounds this season. He’s shooting 54.3 percent from the field and 35 percent from 3-point range.