LOS ANGELES — Enes Kanter was warned by an unidentified Oklahoma City teammate that he better watch out next time the Knicks face LeBron James and the Cavaliers. They next meet April 9.
Kanter continued to prod James on Saturday, when he mocked the Cavaliers getting routed by the Thunder, his former team, in giving up 148 points.
— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) January 20, 2018
Kanter reiterated he’s just using Twitter for having fun.
“One [former teammate] texted me just to say — I’m not going to say who — but he texted me, ‘You’re about to get 50 dropped on you, boy,’” Kanter said before the Knicks faced the Lakers at Staples Center.
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Kanter is still close friends with OKC center Steven Adams.
The Knicks’ jovial starting center sparred with James on Twitter and on the court in November after the King mocked the Knicks for not drafting Dennis Smith Jr. Kanter came to the defense of Frank Ntilikina when James wouldn’t get out of the rookie’s way as Ntilikina went to inbound the ball. Ntilikina shoved James and Kanter stepped in, jawing in James’ face.
Kanter still acknowledged Sunday that James is the game’s top player.
“He got mad at me obviously,” Kanter said. “I mess with him a lot, but obviously he’s the best player in the league. I respect the guy a lot. But I think right now they are struggling or whatever. I don’t even think he’s even thinking about what I tweet. I think he’s worried about his team. I don’t even think he’s thinking about what I’m going to tweet or not.”