LeBron James says New York Knicks should have drafted Dennis Smith Jr

13 November, 2017, 18:17 | Author: Benny Bass
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"The Knicks passed on a really good one, and Dallas got the diamond in the rough", James told reporters, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Rookie Frank Ntilikina was the Knicks' first-round pick, but LeBron James thinks they could have made a better choice.

"He's an unbelievable talent [with] athleticism", said James, who had a spectacular chase-down block in the fourth quarter against Smith, who responded with a breakaway slam dunk the next possession.

James, 32, has been upset with Jackson since the legendary coach categorized his group of friends and advisors as a "posse" last November.

The comments are being perceived as a subtle shot towards former New York Knicks president Phil Jackson, who has had heated back-and-forth exchanges with James on social media. Every day, he's just working really hard to become a really good one. "I can not just let him disrespect him like that", Enes Kanter said Sunday afternoon after practice in Westchester.

Knicks center Enes Kanter quickly took to Twitter to answer LeBron.

Ironically enough, the Knicks will now battle James and the Cavaliers on Monday evening at 7:30 p.m. I mean, come on. "That's a rookie. You can not just say anything like that about him". He's second amongst rookies in steals per game, fifth in assists, and ranks third in the National Basketball Association in deflections per 36 minutes behind just Paul George and Thaddeus Young.

"I mean, I don't know why he made those comments, but all I can say is we love Frank, we're happy with him", Porzingis said, per ESPN.

The 6-5 Ntilikina has flashed promise, averaging 4.4 points, 5.0 assists and 1.6 steals in 10 games as a reserve. I just think it's going to be a process.

Smith Jr.is the Mavericks' second-leading scorer at 14.8 points per game and is averaging 5.1 assists, too.

Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek isn't anxious about Ntilikina taking the comments the wrong way.

Notes & quotes: Forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas was waived to make room for center Joakim Noah's return from his suspension.

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