With possibly only one more game until LeBron James becomes a free agent, New York Knicks center Enes Kanter is beefing up his recruiting effort of the three-time NBA champion. And Kanter evidently has no problem digging deep into Twitter archives for material to help his cause.
According to Mike Chiari of Bleacher Report, Kanter linked to a tweet by James from 2013 in which James wrote, “It’s time for a new look! Over this one.” Kanter linked to the old tweet in his own post on Wednesday that accompanied his statement of support. His post came shortly after the Cavaliers lost to the Golden State Warriors, 110-102, in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. While the tweet from more than five years ago from James has nothing to do with the upcoming decision that James will have to make about his playing future, Kanter is delving further into his creative repertoire to persuade James to take his talents to the Big Apple when he becomes a free agent this summer.
This is not the first instance this season of Kanter trying to persuade James to sign with the Knicks this offseason. However, before the recruiting began, Kanter made a comment in an interview after a 104-101 loss to Cleveland back in November that included his mocking of the title bestowed on James and a prediction of an impending fight between the two. “I don’t care who you are,” Kanter said. “What do you call yourself? King, Queen, Princess. Whatever you are. We’re going to fight. Nobody out there is going to punk us.”
Yet as the season progressed and the playoff chances continued to dwindle for the Knicks, Kanter began to change his tone in his comments directed at James. As the Knicks’ season was nearing its conclusion back in April, Kanter posted a photo to his social media of a billboard that was designed to recruit James to New York. And in May, Kanter posted a video to social media that asked James to come to New York and prove that he is the King of the Big Apple.
With Cleveland trailing 3-0 to the Warriors, the final game of the postseason could come in Game 4 on Friday. And the fact that 33-year-old James has put up huge numbers in the Finals without a win could mean that he will be somewhere other than Cleveland next season.