His left arm was in a sling and tucked underneath his practice jersey.
His shoelaces were undone and he was struggling to tie them on his own.
But despite feeling the pain from a shoulder dislocation that happened Wednesday night, the amicable 20-year-old sported his usual cheerful smile. And, yes, he was trying to get dressed so he could get in a pregame workout.
"I'm just trying to keep myself in shape for summer," Kanter said.
When asked if that meant he's done for the season, which still has eight games and goes through at least April 17, the second-year center said he isn't sure.
"We'll see," he said, adding that he needed to be evaluated again and updated by the Jazz medical staff.
"I hope so (to return)," Kanter said. "I'm going to come back and help my teammates. It's just so much fun to play with those guys. That's why I just want to come back if I can."
Kanter's shoulder popped out of its socket when he scrambled on the court for a loose ball Wednesday and was smashed by Phoenix's 7-2, 265-pound center, Hamed Haddadi.
The 6-11 big man didn't travel to Portland for Friday's game and the team has yet to announce a timetable for his possible return.
"It's so frustrating," Kanter said. "I had this feeling for a year in Kentucky. I couldn't play (for eligibility purposes), and I just sit on the bench and now I'm sitting on the bench again. I'm still a mystery man."
MOMENT FOR MEMO: The Jazz family's gone-but-not-forgotten Turkish center got a surprise early in the second half.
During a timeout break, retired NBA player Mehmet Okur and his family were brought onto the Larry H. Miller court while a video montage of some of his career highlights were played on the JumboTron.
Not surprisingly, Jazz fans loudly cheered for the Money Man, who was a fan favorite during his six-plus seasons in Utah.
Jazz owner Gail Miller was among the team's dignitaries to give Okur a personalized No. 13 golf bag for his retirement present.
"It was fun," Okur said. "It was an honor."
Okur played for Utah from 2004-11 before being traded to the Nets. He was selected to the All-Star team as a reserve in 2007 and helped the Jazz make the Western Conference Finals.
Unfortunately, Okur's little daughter got sick, so the family had to leave the game early. He was gone before Randy Foye hit three 3-pointers in a row to break the contest open for the Jazz, who won 116-107 behind the guard's Memo-like eight treys and 26 points.Comment on this story
TOUGH TASK: Kanter was asked what routine chore has been the most difficult to do since injuring his shoulder earlier this week.
"Tying my shoes or wearing my clothes," he said, "because I can't use my other arm so I have to do everything with my right arm."