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Enes Kanter escalated his fledgling rivalry with LeBron James by trolling him on Twitter after his first career ejection

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  • LeBron James was ejected for the first time in his 15-year career on Tuesday night.
  • Enes Kanter, who had recently sparred with James on the court, was quick to troll him on Twitter.

Enes Kanter is not letting his feud with LeBron James go quietly.

After LeBron was ejected for the first time in his 15-year career, Kanter was quick to post to Twitter, trolling LeBron and complimenting the referee on his call to take James out of the game with the help of some of James’ favourite hashtags.

James and Kanter started their rivalry during the Cavaliers’ recent trip to New York. While playing the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, James stepped to Knicks rookie point guard Frank Ntilikina, starting a minor scuffle between the two teams. Kanter, as the Knicks’ big man on the court and de facto enforcer, stepped back up to James, and a spattering of words ensued between the two.

After the game, Kanter made clear his displeasure with James’ actions. “This is my rookie,” Kanter said. “This is my team. This is my organisation. I cannot just let him disrespect him like that.”

Kanter continued.

“I don’t care. It doesn’t matter if it’s LeBron or whoever it is, I cannot just let him disrespect him like that because the coaches, the GMs, the president, this organisation knows what they’re doing. So that’s why I was kind of pissed that he said that, because, I mean, come on, man. That’s a rookie. You cannot just say anything like that about him.”

The bad blood continued between the two through subtweets and posts to social media, including James posting to Instagram that he was “King of New York.”

You're welcome.. ????of NY #myfavoriteplayground #striveforgreatness????

A post shared by LeBron James (@kingjames) on


After that post, it’s no surprise that Kanter would take at least a little delight in highlighting LeBron’s ejection.

You're welcome.. ????of NY #myfavoriteplayground #striveforgreatness????

A post shared by LeBron James (@kingjames) on


After that post, it’s no surprise that Kanter would take at least a little delight in highlighting LeBron’s ejection.

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