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Enes is often touted as being a nice guy by his teammates, and as a native of Turkey and practicing Muslim he adheres to a specific diet. When it comes to meat Enes only consumes Halal meat, which is closer to kosher but essentially means that meat is slaughtered accordingly without causing unnecessary pain to the animal. It even goes as far as giving prerequisites to where and how the animal must be raised; The animal must lead a decent life and not be tortured in order to be halal.

When Enes joined the OKC Thunder the team chef was aware of Enes’ dietary restriction and quickly helped Enes find halal food. Not long after Steve Adams and other team members would take Enes’ Chicken and Lamb Kabob which resulted in a game of other players eating halal from time to time. This shows the immense amount of respect that the OKC players have towards Enes and his culture. The friendship and respect within the team is definitely a reason that the on-court success has grown this season, and has helped Enes feel that OKC is his second home.


Source: http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-oklahoma-city-thunders-halal-guys-1461869415