LeBron James is never one to not speak his mind. Following a victory in Dallas, James felt the need to possibly take one final jab at the New York Knicks old management.
James unleashed what could be considered one final shot at former Knicks president Phil Jackson on Saturday, declaring that Dennis Smith Jr, who the Mavericks selected ninth overall in this year’s draft, “should be a Knick.” The Knicks decided to pass on Smith with what ended up being the final draft pick of Jackson’s tenure as team president, selecting Frank Ntilikina eighth overall.
Lebron: Confirmed Dennis Smith fan pic.twitter.com/zCNbrEAgt8
— Barstool Pack (@BarstoolPack) November 12, 2017
It should be noted that Frank has a different role on the Knicks, plays less minutes and better defense. Kristap Porzingis was asked what he thought about what LeBron said and was quick to defend his point guard.
KP on LeBron: 'I don't know why he said that…I wouldn't trade Frank for anybody '
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) November 12, 2017
The defense and playmaking of rookie Frank Ntilikina are a big reason for the surprising early success of the New York Knicks. The rookie is averaging 9.1 assists and 2.7 steals per 36 minutes. His teammates — in this case Enes Kanter — have his back as well.
We love what we got…
— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) November 12, 2017
Maybe LeBron should worry more about his own team than the Knicks. After all, New York (7-5) has a winning record, something James and the Cavs (5-7). The Cavaliers play the Knicks, on Monday night at the Garden.