Kanter put on notice: He’s called down the thunder from LeBron

Enes Kanter of the Knicks had some fun when asked if he was to be chosen as Kevin Love's replacement on Team LeBron for the All-Star Game.

Enes Kanter has made a habit of baiting LeBron James this season, but the New York Knicks center admitted Sunday he’s on notice.

After James and his Cleveland Cavaliers teammates allowed a franchise record-tying 148 points in a 24-point loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday, Kanter took to Twitter to troll James, even going as far to include a crown in a King James reference and to tag LeBron’s familiar #StriveForGreatness line.

 

Some members of Kanter’s former team — the same Thunder who put the hurting on Cleveland on Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena — let Kanter know what’s coming for him.

“One 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 told reporters before he and his Knicks teammates went out and got walloped by the Los Angeles Lakers, 127-107, on Sunday at Staples Center. “I responded something back, but I’m not going to say what it is.”

Kanter, who got into a dustup with James when the Cavaliers played the Knicks at Madison Square Garden in November, admitted he has a lot of respect for him.

“He got mad at me, obviously,” Kanter said, referring to comments he made about James in the past. “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.

“Because I think they are struggling right now and the only thing he’s thinking about … just getting his team [on track].”

Kanter said he’s just enjoying himself, though he’s well aware when the players step between the lines, it’s all business.

“On the court ,you got to be serious,” he said. “Whenever we step on the court, I forget about everything. That or this or all the outside talking.

“But outside the court, we got to have fun. This is all about having fun. Just putting a smile on people’s face.

“I think I’m doing it.”

Mark your calendars — the Cavaliers (27-18) play the Knicks (21-26) in the final two games of the regular season — April 9 at The Garden and April 11 at Quicken Loans Arena.