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Enes Kanter barks back after LeBron James’ Instagram post

LeBron James, Enes Kanter

Enes Kanter didn’t waste time barking back at LeBron James after the latter self-proclaimed himself “King of New York” after his Cleveland Cavaliers rallied from a 23-point deficit to take down the New York Knicks on Monday.

“We already have a king,” said Kanter, according to ESPN’s Ian Begley. “It’s Kristaps Porzingis.”

James had a lot to say about the Knicks yesterday prior to facing them, even throwing Kanter’s name on the clarification of his comments about Dallas Mavericks rookie Dennis Smith Jr. — noting it wasn’t meant to throw shade at Frank Ntilikina.

While his words said one thing, his actions countered them, as James purposely got in the way of Ntilikina during last night’s game, playing his usual role of unintentional bully while his Cavs tried to dig themselves out of a 23-point hole. Kanter went nose-to-nose with James in defense of the smaller Ntilikina, drawing interaction from the officials.

James took to Instagram this morning, posting a picture of himself in the middle of Madison Square Garden, captioning it “King of New York” after nabbing a win on the road.

His comments obviously didn’t sit well with Kanter, who has been known as the sentinel defender of his teammates in every team he’s been a part of.

“I don’t care who you are. What do you call yourself, ‘King,’ ‘Queen,’ ‘Princess,’ whatever you are. We’re going to fight,” said Kanter after the loss. “Nobody out there is going to punk us. We went out there and played our game. We’re going to go out there and get better every day.”