Well, now we know word got back to Frank Ntilikina about what LeBron James said last weekend.
Ntilikina gave James a couple shoves after a dunk by LeBron during the Cavaliers-Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on Monday. New York center Enes Kanter provided backup as James was getting riled up. (Side note: SI.com reminds us that James had choice words for Kanter before the game.)
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Frank Ntilinka & Enes Kanter stand up vs LeBron James pic.twitter.com/wdI3oBvgDu
— NBA RETWEET (@RTNBA) November 14, 2017
James told media after the Cavs played the Mavericks on Saturday that the Knicks should have drafted Dallas rookie Dennis Smith Jr. instead of Ntilikina. Smith went one pick after Ntilikina, the French point guard who was supposed to run Phil Jackson’s triangle offense. Jackson was fired weeks later, but Ntilikina is adjusting well to coach Jeff Hornacek’s offense.
James later said his comments were a swipe at Jackson, not Ntilikina, but Ntilikina was having none of that Monday.
UPDATE: LeBron got the last word, as usual. After Cleveland rallied from a 23-point deficit in the second half, he gave the Cavs the lead with this 3 over Kristaps Porzingis. The basket came after a turnover by Ntilikina.
👑 @KINGJAMES FOR THE LEAD! pic.twitter.com/ahpolN2ImX
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) November 14, 2017
LBJ provided more drama at the end by missing two free throws with 4.4 seconds remaining, but the long rebound came out to him, and Cleveland held on to win 104-101.