Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Cavaliers Take The New York City Subway After Morning Shootaround

Cavaliers Take The New York City Subway After Morning Shootaround

James also said he doesn't have any issues with the Knicks' organization. He should be a Knick. "Dallas is definitely, I know they're excited that he didn't go there", James said.

Some took this as a shot at the player the Knicks did draft, defensive-minded point guard Frank Ntilikina.

Knicks big man Enes Kanter came to Ntilikina's defense on Twitter on Saturday night and elaborated on his stance at practice Sunday.

"He should be a Knick", James quickly added of Smith.

LeBron is right. That doesn't mean he wasn't savoring a shot at Jackson. He had angered James during his three years running the Knicks when he referred to James' friends and business partners as a "posse".

The selection of Ntilikina was one of Jackson's last official acts as the Knicks president; the Zen Master was sacked days later.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers star clarified those remarks Monday, saying he was not "throwing shade at Frank at all, for people that got their trousers in bunches".

The Knicks were quick to defend their teammate. "However, it's not gonna affect us and me, so whatever is said, whatever people think, me and the team are just focused on what we're doing every day to improve and just to make us better".

Jackson selected Ntilikina, but that was about the last thing he did as team president, as he and the organization parted ways at the end of June. The complaints grew louder during the summer league; Ntilikina did not play due to an injury; Smith lit up Las Vegas with a string of eye-popping dunks.

Although James was aware that his statement was going to cause a stir, that did not stop him from saying that the New York Knicks had passed on what could have been a great addition to their rebuilding team.

The Knicks are an equally-surprising 7-2 in that same span.

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