Kanter dubs ref "King of Cleveland."
LeBron James was kicked out of an NBA game for the first time in his 15-year career last night, after arguing with an official during the Cavs' blowout win against the Miami Heat. And New York Knicks center, Enes Kanter, was quick to jump hop on twitter to continue his ongoing fued with LeBron.
After the game, LeBron gave his side of the story and said, "it's almost like they're trying to turn me into a jump shooter," when discussing the officiating in the NBA.
"I got fouled all the way up the court, from the time that I stripped him, all the way until I got to the rim," James said of the sequence leading up to his ejection. "I said what I had to say and then I moved on, but he decided I should get [ejected]. It is what it is. We got the win, and that's what's most important."
"I think I'm one of the league leaders in points in the paint. I drive just as much as anybody. At this point, it's almost like they're trying to turn me into a jump shooter," James said of how he has been officiated this season. "I can't be a jump shooter. I'm not a jump shooter."
Dwyane Wade added that he just felt the ejection was "quick," and explained that officials should give a player like LeBron the "benefit of the doubt."
The official who tossed LeBron, Kane Fitzgerald, had this to say about the incident,
"It was a culmination of a couple different acts," Fitzgerald said. "Immediately after the no-call, he turned and threw an air punch directly at me, and then he aggressively charged at me, and then he used vulgarity in my ear a few times."
Enes Kanter also gave his opinion on the matter, dubbing Fitzgerald the "King of Cleveland." Kanter made sure to use the #HisFavoritePlayGround hashtag, which is in reference to comments LeBron made about Madison Square Garden earlier this season.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, the only active players who have played more games than James without being ejected are the San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker (1,144) and Pau Gasol (1,139).