Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina and Cavaliers forward LeBron James have reportedly cleared the air after their brief spat earlier this month, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman.
Thanks to Romeo Travis, who played with Ntilikina in France and was a high school teammate of James, the two NBA players no longer have beef, which started when James said the Knicks should have drafted Dennis Smith Jr. over Ntilikina and boiled over into the Nov. 13 Knicks-Cavaliers game when the rookie Ntilikina shoved James and started an altercation on the court.
"I reached out to LeBron to make sure there was no hard feelings between Frank and him and let him know Frank was my guy," Travis said, according to Berman. "[LeBron] said it's not personal between them. He's just so positive about Dennis Smith and negative toward the Knicks front office."
James earlier this month said he thought Smith "should be a Knick" as opposed to being a member of the Dallas Mavericks, who drafted him one pick after the Knicks selected Ntilikina. James clarified that his comments were not a knock on Ntilikina, but rather were more indicative of former president Phil Jackson, who was fired following the NBA Draft.
While teammates like Enes Kanter defended Ntilikina, Ntilikina told reporters he didn't care what people said about him. But during the first quarter, Ntilikina started pushing James off him trying to pick up a loose ball after a dunk. Kanter got in James' face and exchanged some words, and players had to be broken up.
Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek said he thought it was "great" that Ntilikina stood up for himself on the court by shoving James.
After the game, in which James scored 23 points to lead the Cavaliers to a 104-101 comeback win, James called himself the "King of New York," to which Kanter mocked.
The Knicks don't face the Cavaliers again until they play a home-and-home series on April 9 and April 11, the last two games of the regular season.