By: Wayne D. Ayers II
LeBron crowned himself the King of NewYork on the gram after stunting on the subway, trash talking the team and getting a Win in Madison Square Garden last night. That’s pretty disrespectful in a funny way.
This controversy started all over the weekend, when Lebron said the Knicks should have drafted Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. with the No. 8 pick in the NBA draft instead of French guard Frank Ntilikina. Kanter took exception to James’ take, coming to his rookie teammate’s defense first on Twitter.
Shortly after James made the comment that Smith “should be a Knick,” and later at practice Sunday when he said James’ words showed “disrespect.”
James, in turn, laughed off Kanter’s rebuttal at shootaround Monday.
“For Enes Kanter, who always got something to say,” James said. “He says … I don’t know what’s wrong with him.”
Which all set the stage come game time, when James’ and Kanter’s war of words spilled onto the court, and once again, Ntilikina was stuck in the middle of it.
James converted an alley-oop with 40.2 seconds left in the first quarter to put the Cavs up by one. He immediately crowded Ntilikina, bumping his chest into the point guard while Ntilikina tried to free himself up to receive the inbounds pass, causing Ntilikina to shove his forearm back into James.
Kanter then intervened, and he and James barked at each other before referee Tre Maddox came in to separate the two. James and Kanter were both assessed a technical foul.
After the Cavaliers won 104 to 101 their was a little bit more trash talk between the two.
Then Lebron James pretty much ended the entire drama with this instagram post.