A day later, LeBron James took another swipe by captioning himself the King of New York under a picture of him standing over the Knicks logo.
The message was clear: after he toppled Kristaps Porzingis’ squad with a virtuoso fourth quarter, James claimed he rules over the franchise.
“You’re welcome..(crown emoji) of NY #myfavoriteplayground #striveforgreatness,” he wrote.
James’ post appeared about 12 hours after Kanter said of the Cavs star, “I don’t care who you are or what you call yourself — King, Queen, Princess. People are going to fight. Nobody is going to punk us.”
Of course, James is not the first person to call himself “King of New York.” Biggie Smalls claimed the title a long time ago.
James began the round of barbs when he said over the weekend that the Knicks should have drafted Dennis Smith Jr. over Frank Ntilikina with their No. 8 overall pick.
LeBron James has made it clear he enjoys playing at the Garden.
Kanter answered by rushing to his rookie teammate’s defense before, during and after Monday’s 104-101 loss.
Before the game, James clarified that his criticism was actually aimed at ousted Knicks president Phil Jackson and not Ntilikina, but Kanter said he was “pissed” nonetheless.
And it didn’t take long for the drama to unfold on the court.
Late in the first quarter, Ntilikina and James came together after James dunked the ball and stood over the rookie as Ntilikina tried to collect it to start an inbounds play. The point guard pushed James several times in the chest before Kanter jumped in and began barking at James.
After the Knicks blew a 23-point lead in the second half, Kanter further turned up the heat in the locker room with his “princess” comment.
To which James answered: “Well, I’m the king, my wife is the queen and my daughter is the princess. So we got all three covered.”
With 23 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds Monday, James looked as if he had all of New York covered as well.