GREENBURGH, N.Y. — LeBron James may be done talking about Enes Kanter, but Kanter had one more message for the four-time MVP on Tuesday: You’re not the king of New York.
Kanter, who had to be separated from James during a skirmish in Monday night’s loss to the Cavs, said James can’t hold that title.
“We’ve already got a king; it’s Kristaps Porzingis,” Kanter said at practice on Tuesday. “Sorry about that.”
Kanter delivered the line with a smile but quickly added that the Knicks needed to move on from the recent back-and-forth with James.
“I think [we need to] kind of forget about this, play our game because we have one tomorrow, just have to get back on track,” the center said.
James first angered Kanter and the rest of the Knicks over the weekend when he said New York made a mistake in not drafting Mavericks point guard Dennis Smith Jr.
The implication was that the Knicks picked the wrong player in point guard Frank Ntilikina, whom the club selected eighth overall, one spot ahead of Smith Jr.
Kanter and the Knicks took umbrage to James’ draft comments. They defended Ntilikina publicly before the Cavs game.
James, though, said on Monday that he meant no disrespect to Ntilikina. He said that his critique was a shot at then-Knicks president Phil Jackson. He also laughed off the criticism from Kanter, in particular.
“For Enes Kanter, who always got something to say,” James said on Monday morning. “He says … I don’t know what’s wrong with him.”
The back-and-forth between James, Kanter and the Knicks spilled over to the court on Monday night.
Late in the first quarter, James crowded Ntilikina after an alley-oop dunk and prevented him from receiving an inbounds pass. Ntilikina shoved James away and a few Knicks, including Kanter and Courtney Lee, came over to intervene. Kanter…