LeBron James had made it clear he doesn’t like former New York Knicks vice president Phil Jackson.
Cleveland Cavaliers Star LeBron James recently said the New York Knicks should have drafted Dallas Mavericks point guard Dennis Smith Jr. this past June.
“The Knicks passed on a really good one, and Dallas got the diamond in the rough,” James said. “He should be a Knick. That’s going to make some headlines, but he should be a Knick.”
Knicks’ center Enes Kanter defended New York drafting Frank Ntilikina.
“This is my rookie. This is my team. This is my organization. I cannot just let him disrespect him like that,” Kanter said. “I think Frank’s doing an unbelievable job. Every day, he’s working really hard to become a really good one . . . I mean, come on. That’s a rookie. You cannot just say anything like that about him.
“It’s actually surprising because I know LeBron is a really good guy, and he’s really cool with the kids and everything. But I mean, why Knicks? There were like nine (actually seven teams) ahead of them. Why Knicks? It was kind of surprising, but I cannot let anyone disrespect my organization or my family or my brothers like that.”
Kristaps Porzingis also defended Ntilikina.
“I don’t know why he made those comments,” Porzingis said. “All I can say is we love Frank . . . He’s playing great . . . I would not change Frank for anybody.”