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After leading the Cavs to an improbable victory over the Knicks, Lebron James declared himself the king of New York. Knicks center Enes Kanter is not buying it.
“We’ve already got a king; it’s Kristaps Porzingis,” he told reporters. “Sorry about that.”
Porzingis, the 7-3 forward who’s turning a lot of heads this season with his improved play, said that the city of New York “disagrees” with James’ declaration.
Meanwhile, he said that they need to move on from the embarrassing loss to the Cavaliers when they allowed their opponents to come back from a 15-point deficit in the fourth quarter because there are still games to play, and they are locked on to making waves this season.
James got wind of Kanter’s remarks to reporters but he made light of the situation. Per Dave McMenamin: Lebron James’ response to Enes Kanter’s post-game barb: “I’m the king, my wife is the queen and my daughter is the princess. So we got all three covered.”
The bad blood between Kanter and James goes deeper than their brief altercation in the court during their matchup. James actually had something to say about the Knicks making a mistake of drafting Frank Ntilikina instead of Dennis Smith Jr, who is now playing for the Mavericks.
Kanter said they will support their teammate from any unwarranted criticisms from other players. “That’s what we’re playing for. I’m saying this — it’s us against the world,” he said. “As soon as you step on that court, we’ve got no friends.”
James, for his part, said that he did not criticize Ntilikina but rather the decision-making of the front office, which means it was a shot at former Lakers coach and now Knicks executive, Phil Jackson. The Cavs forward also confirmed this as he told reporters, “It was definitely a shot at him. That’s for sure.”