King James, deemed 'Queen', gets last laugh against New York Knicks

NEW YORK CITY -- The self-proclaimed king is being labeled a queen.

The New York Daily News is taking a jab at LeBron James on the back page of Tuesday’s edition, calling the Cleveland Cavaliers star a “drama queen.”

It comes after LeBron got into a brief shoving match at Madison Square Garden with Enes Kanter during the Cavaliers' game against the New York Knicks Monday night.

The Cavs won the game, 104-101.

Both teams shared some trash talk leading up to Monday's game after James took a shot at Knicks president Phil Jackson for selecting Frank Ntilikina in the draft. 

Ntilikina and his teammates took offense to James' comments and the heat led to Ntilikina shoving James during the first quarter of Monday's game.

The tension escalated when Kanter came to Ntilikina's aide to intervene, resulting in a clash between Kanter and James. Both received technical fouls. 

The war of words continued into the postgame press conferences.

"I don't care who you are," Kanter said following the game. "What do you call yourself, 'King,' 'Queen,' 'Princess,' whatever you are. We're going to fight. 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."

James responded, "Well, I'm the King, my wife is the Queen and my daughter's the Princess, so we've got all three covered."

James also took another shot at Jackson.

"They're playing some good basketball," James said. "I think Jeff, the coach, Jeff Hornacek, is finally -- with the release of the old fella -- he's finally allowed to implement what he wants to do on the team and he's showing it's very effective."

James also sent a message without verbal words. As he spoke to reporters postgame, he wore a hat that read, "All good" and "Never better" across the front.

James fell just shy of a triple double, scoring 23 points with 12 assists and nine rebounds. 

But the petty words didn't even stop after the Cavaliers departed Madison Square Garden.

Soon after the game's end, Isaiah Thomas posted an Arthur meme to Instagram, implying he was in a good mood:

 

Mood...

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Dwyane Wade also joined in:

 

#Mood #LJChanningIT

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The references date back to a week ago, when James posted the original angry Arthur meme to his Instagram:

 

Mood...

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The Cavaliers improved to 7-7 with Monday's win.

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