"I wasn't even thinking about (Ntilikina) when I was talking about Dennis Smith", said James.
"The Knicks passed on a really good one, and Dallas got the diamond in the rough", James told reporters on Saturday. "As long as I'm getting on the right (expletive) train that's all I care about", he said.
It didn't take much time at all for Knicks center Enes Kanter to jump to the defense of the player whom NY opted to select at No. 8 overall in the 2017 NBA Draft: Frank Ntilikina. "We have Frank, and Frank has done a great job for us, his abilities, the way he's grown from day one and the things that he's worked on, we expect him to be a great player also". The Cavaliers are in town on Monday, so LeBron's comments should give the Knicks plenty of bulletin-board material. Afterward, the team was set to do as most visiting teams in NY do - return to their hotel for some rest and down time before tonight's game. We love what we got. "And I believe the only reason he used that word is because he sees young African-Americans trying to make a difference".
"All I can say is a lot of people think what they want and it must not affect us so we just have to stay focused on what we're doing to improve".
"I don't have to prove to them". It's all about me and it's all about the team.
Through 12 games, Smith, who has started every contest, is averaging 14.8 points, 4.9 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.0 steals.
Smith bagged 142 points and 49 assists in his first 10 games this season - the third best performance in all of NBA's history for a rookie in his first year. "I have to prove to the team", Ntilikina said.
"I had nothing but respect for him as a coach for what he was able to do", James said at the time.