Hey @KingJames , I've been training my guy @Enes_Kanter . Best think twice before messing with the Orange and Blue again. #newyorkforever pic.twitter.com/Rm3h1p5ELk
— Chris Weidman (@ChrisWeidmanUFC) February 28, 2018
The seemingly neverending war of words between Enes Kanter and LeBron James took another turn on Wednesday.
Former UFC welterweight champion Chris Wideman did more than make an appearance at New York Knicks practice on Wednesday. Wideman and Enes Kanter put on some gloves and sparred a bit, with Weidman tweeting a video of the workout to Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James afterward.
“Hey @KingJames, I’ve been training my guy @EnesKanter … Best think twice about messing with the Orange and Blue again.”
James and Kanter have going at each other all season, both on-and-off the court.
The drama began in November when James said in an interview that the Knicks should have selected Dennis Smith Jr. instead of Frank Ntilikina in the 2017 NBA Draft. Kanter wasted little time in standing up for his rookie teammate.
We love what we got…
— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) November 12, 2017
“Nope!! We love what we got … Thanks!!”
What Kanter didn’t like was James’ attempting to intimidate or bully the 19-year-old point guard in the Cavs’ November win over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, with the two nearly coming to blows on the court.
Kanter couldn’t help himself and took yet another shot at James after his former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, dropped nearly 150 points on James and the Cavaliers in a blowout January victory.
Wideman, a New York native who grew up on Long Island and attended Hofstra University, has the second-longest run as Middleweight champion in UFC history at 888 days, second only to the legendary Anderson Silva, who held the belt for a ridiculous 2,457 days. That works out to a nearly seven-year run as champ.
Speaking of champs, while Wideman is a fine mentor for Kanter, the pair should be careful of the message they’re sending. Stipe Miocic, UFC’s reigning Heavyweight champion, is from Euclid, OH, a suburb of Cleveland. He’d undoubtedly be willing to give LeBron some pointers if the King asked.