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

LeBron James on Dennis Smith Jr. ‘The Knicks passed on a really good one

LeBron James unleashed what could be considered one final shot at Phil Jackson, declaring that Dallas Mavericks rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr. It doesn't matter if it's LeBron or whoever it is, I can not just let him disrespect him like that because the coaches, the GMs, the president, this organization knows what they're doing.

Smith Jr. has been explosive as expected, scoring 14.3 points per game already while Ntilikina has slowly worked his way into the Knicks' rotation.

Through 10 games this season Ntilikina is averaging 4.4 points, 5.0 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game, numbers that aren't on par with those of Smith Jr.

"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. Maybe he's being honest in complimenting Smith by calling him a diamond in the rough.

"I don't care, it doesn't matter LeBron or whoever it is".

Smith, 19, was the No. 9 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

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After starting the season late, Ntilikina has found his stride with the Knicks and has established himself as the team's best point guard and a two-way presence.

Knicks center Enes Kanter tweeted in response: "Nope!" But Kanter went on Twitter to play defense for Ntilikina against James and did it again with the media after this surprising 7-5 team prepped for its next game - Monday night at the Garden vs. Cleveland. Both players are 19 years old. I just think it's going to be a process.

So what does Ntilikina think about being thrown in the middle of this? "Obviously he was at the helm of [the team featuring] my favorite player of all time [Michael Jordan], and also being there growing up and watching him with the Lakers, but I got nothing for him". "I don't care what people say".

Ntilikina has been a positive presence for the Knicks. "He's not afraid of the big moment", Hornacek said of his young point guard. He knows how to play the game, and he enjoys it.

The two players are going to be linked for quite some time - possibly for the remainder of their respective careers - resulting in conversations like this one. "But we love what he does".

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