LeBron, Cavs Hop on NYC Subway; One Rider Is Not Impressed

Rachel Hardy
November 14, 2017

Knicks rookie Frank Ntilikina didn't respond directly to LeBron James on Sunday after the Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star said a night earlier that ny should have drafted Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr.

"I don't know this dude here", James said with a laugh. "I was thinking about the Knicks organization and Phil Jackson at the time and Dennis Smith's talent and Porzingis".

"The Knicks passed on a really good one, and Dallas got the diamond in the rough", James said after the Cavaliers' 111-104 win Saturday night over the Mavericks. "Dallas is definitely, I know they're excited that he didn't go there". The Knicks took umbrage to the remarks on Sunday, perceiving them as a shot at Knicks rookie Frank Ntilikina, who was selected one spot ahead of Smith.

LeBron James and the Cavs, in town to play the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, hopped on the subway from Penn Station back to their hotel after practice Monday morning. I'm just stating facts, that's all.

The selection of Ntilikina did generate some criticism initially; many observers assumed Jackson favored the bigger, more defensive-minded guard over Smith or Kentucky's Malik Monk because he'd be a better fit in Jackson's favored and much-maligned triangle offense - a system the Knicks would largely abandon after Jackson's departure.

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In an interview with ESPN last November, Jackson referred to James' friends and business partners as his "posse".

"I think in life people can think whatever they want", Ntilikina said. "I have to prove to the team", Ntilikina said.

Through 10 games, Ntilikina is averaging 4.4 points, 5.0 assists and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 34.0 percent from the field. It's all about me and it's all about the team.

"I had nothing but respect for him as a coach for what he was able to do", James said at the time. "I don't care what people say".

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