After a heated game at Madison Square Garden on Monday, Cavaliers SF LeBron James took to Instagram to declare himself "King of New York" following a 104-101 win.
Knicks C Enes Kanter responded shortly after, saying "We already have a king. It's Kristaps Porzingis," per Ian Begley of ESPN.
The shots continued as James decided to quote tweet a video showing his face super-imposed over The Joker in "The Dark Knight."
🤣🤣🤣🤣🤷🤡🤷 https://t.co/KJnCXNBVbL- LeBron James (@KingJames) November 14, 2017
The 32-year-old made headlines before last night's contest as he said the Knicks missed out on Mavericks PG Dennis Smith Jr. The comment looked to be aimed at Frank Ntilikina, but James clarified that it was pointed at former team president Phil Jackson.
The comments appeared to create some tension between both sides on Monday night. After dunking an alley-oop, James stood over Ntilikina as he went to inbound the play. Ntilikina stood up to James, pushing him in the chest before both sides tried to break it up. Knicks C Enes Kanter backed up Ntilikina by getting in LeBron's face.
During postgame, Kanter and James had some words for each other.
"I don't care who you are, what you call yourself, King, Queen, Princess, whatever you are," said Kanter, who notched 20 points and 16 rebounds in the loss. "You know what, we gonna fight and nobody out there gonna punk us."
James responded saying, "I'm the King, my wife is the Queen and my daughter is the princess, so we got all three covered."
The Knicks and Cavs have to wait until the final two games of the regular season before they see each other again for a home-and-home matchup.