The video posted by the Hawks likened the slam to a wrestling move, using WWE commentary and the Undertaker’s theme song as Kanter was flipped onto the back of his head by Atlanta center Miles Plumlee. The video then showed Hawks players on the bench gleefully laughing and looking on as Kanter lay motionless on the court.
Kanter was understandably not amused.
“I understand it’s a war, but come on man, in the end we’re all human out there. So you shouldn’t be doing that. I wouldn’t do that,” he said. “In the end, everybody’s got a family, everybody’s got friends and everything. So I think they took it a little bit too far.”
To be fair, Kanter himself said after the game that he wasn’t hurt and “I’m trying to get used to my next WWE career.” But the flip was scary and it was a weird thing for the Hawks to flex since they were beaten by the Knicks, with Kanter scoring 17 points with 11 boards.
“They just lost the game last night and the guy they were tweeting about (Plumlee), I got a double-double on him. So it’s a little weird to tweet something about him after a bad loss, a home loss,” Kanter said. “It’s just a little weird. We were just talking about it. Probably their social media guy is probably a high schooler, I don’t know.
“They should consider a new one definitely, a more mature one. Because I’ve been seeing what the Hawks account’s tweeting, terrible. Very childish.”
Aside from ripping the Hawks Twitter account handler, Kanter has been a lot happier these days about his role coming off the bench. In the last two games, he’s played starters’ minutes while posting impressive double-doubles.
Kanter didn’t take the demotion well initially, but extended playing time, a victory and double-doubles have a way of changing hearts.
“The second unit, trying to lead, it actually is easier. You get a feel for the game. You see what’s going on and I’m going against a second unit big man. So it’s way easier,” he said. “But I think in the end, it’s all about if you get a win or not. If you’re winning or not winning. It’s all about that.”