Shannon Sharpe reacts to LeBron wearing ‘I’m King’ shoes in win against the New York Knicks

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In his discussion with Skip Bayless and Joy Taylor after LeBron James wore special 'I’m King’ shoes in Cleveland’s 123-109 win over the New York Knicks, Shannon Sharpe explains the message King James sent to Enes Kanter and the NBA. LeBron finished with 26 points and 11 assists and Cleveland earned their 50th win of the season.

- What message was LeBron sending with his shoes?

- Everybody knows the message. You know, sometimes--

- I-- I don't know the message.

- Well, sometimes Bron's got a little Sha Sharpe in him.

- Oh.

- You know, sometimes, Joy, we'll get a, you know, get a little-- nice little drink, and we'll go hang out under the bridge.

JOY TAYLOR: Oh, I thought you meant bandwagon jumping.

- No, no, no, no, no, no, no. What we'll do, we'll get us a nice little drink, something to read, and we'll go hang out under the bridge. In other words, we are trolls. Yeah, yeah, yeah, we are trolls sometimes. Skip, you've been fishing. I mean, they got great fishing holes in-- in Oklahoma, don't they?

SKIP BAYLESS: I've fished a little in my day.

SHANNON SHARPE: Well, if you-- OK, I fished--

- I didn't really like it, but that's just me.

- Well, see, when when you get--

SKIP BAYLESS: I don't have the patience for it.

- OK. How about this here?

- Yeah.

- When you go fishing, Skip, normally fishermen, Mike Iaconelli or Ben Dam, the great fisherman, bass fisherman, they have two motors. They have an outboard to take 'em way out, and then they get what they call a trolling motor for hard-to-reach places. So Bron had his trolling on last night.


- Yeah. And Enes Kanter wouldn't even show up to play, because you know why? He had got the memo. If you're a foreign born big man and you're 6' 10" or better, LeBron James is Donkey Konging.

- Really?

- Yeah. Boom. Boom. You've played Donkey Kong.

- Body bagging.

- Oh. Oh, you like that term, huh?

- Yeah.

- Got Nurkic. Got Ilyasova.

SKIP BAYLESS: Nurkic is still playing. Ilyasova's still alive.

- And he would've got-- guess who got smart?

SKIP BAYLESS: I don't know.

- Old Michael Beasley got smart. Michael Beasley's like you love it. You ain't putting me on no poster.

SKIP BAYLESS: Yeah, kind of like LeBron did against Ben Simmons.

- Stop, Skip.

SKIP BAYLESS: He should have just said, I'm out, I'm out of the way.

- This is not about Ben Simmons. We're going to talk about Ben Simmons later.

SKIP BAYLESS: Yes, we are.

- Right now, we're talking about the King and what he had, I'm King.


- He's letting everybody know that he was in the building and you should respect that. Now, I get it. Skip, I-- you know I know-- you know, people are sending me stuff, like, you're talking about Michael Jordan. Look, we know Michael. Michael did an unbelievable job at the Garden. Michael's legacy even grew even greater his second game back when he dropped that double nickel on 'em. So-- but LeBron had a 50-point triple double that [INAUDIBLE], they rescinded one of those rebounds. But that's neither here nor there, Skip.


- He was trolling Enes Kanter, because Enes Kanter pretended like he wanted to be tough. Now, this week between LeBron and the rookie. LeBron made it layup, and the rookie was right there.

SKIP BAYLESS: Ntilikina.

- Yeah, he tried to run over LeBron. LeBron, you know, Skip, you know how Bron, he like to shake it off sometimes. You know, shake it off-- you know, is that Taylor Swift, is that one Shake it Off? Yeah, but anyway--

SKIP BAYLESS: But Ntilikina didn't back down, man.

- Yeah, but then Kanter--

SKIP BAYLESS: He just said, no, this is my basketball.

- Then Enes Kanter, who was way down court, he comes running back like he's tough. Now, I get-- Skip, because, you know, you covered the Bulls back then. But in the mid '90s, those big men, they had Oak and they had Xavier McDaniel. They had Charles Smith and Anthony Mason. Ewing. They were physical.

SKIP BAYLESS: They were.

- And the-- and the New York fan base, they embraced that type of play. Now, Enes Kanter is just on the scene. He's trying to ingratiate himself to be thought of in that rarefied air as those enforcers. But everybody knows Kanter is medicated soft, Skip. 6' 11" averaging a half a block. He's averaging a half a more block than me, and I sit on my couch every night and I'm 6' 2". He's 6' 11".

There's a reason why he's bounced around, because late in the ball game, you already know they're going to his guy, and his guy's gonna get buckets.

SKIP BAYLESS: That is true.

- So LeBron James said, I just want you to know, Kanter, who I am, what I am, and just so you don't forget, I don't know, he had it in-- had black shoes on and big old white letters.

SKIP BAYLESS: Big white letters.

- Big old white letters.

- Yeah, this like billboard size.

- Yeah.

- Yeah.

- They said Stevie Wonder said, I am King. He saw it.

- It wasn't just like along the sole maybe. It was just on the back. I'm King.

- Yes.

- I'm King.

- Yes. I'm about to get me up here. I'm Sha. I'm Sha.