Heading into his Monday night matchup against the New York Knicks, LeBron James found himself involved in a war of words with Enes Kanter -- which ultimately resulted in an in-game scuffle during the contest and more words being exchanged after it.
As he often does, however, it was James who ultimately had the last laugh.
Mere hours after the Cleveland Cavaliers capped off a 23-point comeback with a 104-101 victory against the Knicks, James took to Instagram to commemorate the occasion. Posting a picture of himself at center court of Madison Square Garden, James referred to himself as the king of New York and the arena as his favorite playground.
James' Instagram post comes a day after he ruffled feathers in New York by stating that the Knicks should have selected Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. in this past summer's NBA Draft. The 4-time MVP's comment drew the ire of Kanter, who proceeded to confront James during a first-quarter altercation with the player New York selected instead of Smith, point guard Frank Ntilikina.
After James posted 23 points, 12 assists and 9 rebounds in the Cavs' comeback win, Kanter stated: "I don't care who you are. What do you call yourself, 'King,' 'Queen,' 'Princess,' whatever you are. We're going to fight."
And while that may be the case, James appears to have just landed the knockout blow.
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