Enes Kanter eats in accordance with the halal dietary laws as part of his Muslim faith, but once his teammates got a whiff of the delicious foods the team was bringing in for him postgame a new food craze was borne.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Steven Adams was the first of Kanter’s teammates to dive into the lamb shwarma trays in the locker room, but the smells of the Turkish cuisine later drew in Serge Ibaka before spreading outside the big men to include Russell Westbrook and most of the rest of the team.
One notable holdout is Kevin Durant, who joked with the Journal that he was upset that Kanter got his own menu, even if the food on it was less than appealing to the former MVP.
“I’ve been here for nine years and I requested some stuff after the game and I have to pay for it on my own. And the second he gets here he gets his own menu.” Durant’s faux-outrage, however, may come from his personal taste for the food: “It’s nasty to me,” he said.
The team’s travels have also given them a snapshot of the quality of halal food across the country, where they rank Boston at the top and Sacramento at the bottom.