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Way back in January of last season, Devin Booker was ejected from a game after gently shoving Enes Kanter in the Suns’ 107-85 loss to the Knicks. Kanter, being as exhaustingly online as he is, made an insipid meme depicting Booker holding a large “L” right after the game.

Eleven months later, the Suns came to Madison Square Garden and Booker hung 38 points on the home team in a carefree 128-110 win. He then returned the favor:

As far as “slow-release beefs between forgettable dudes who rack up big empty-calorie offensive stats on rancid teams” go, well—that’s not bad! That’s pretty good.

The young Sun becomes one of many NBA figures to trash Kanter, who currently sits dead-last among all 61 centers in defensive real-plus-minus, and has the reputation to match. Booker joins his former teammate Jared Dudley...

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...Enes Kanter’s OKC teammate and friend Steven Adams...

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...and Kanter’s own former coach...

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...in clowning this man’s defensive shortcomings out in public. This is a brave, crucial conversation for the league. Kudos to Booker for picking up the thread.