LeBron James to Knicks: 'You should have drafted Dennis Smith Jr.'

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With the Knicks and Cavaliers set to play on Monday evening, James has since clarified his comments, saying that he didn't mean to "throw any shade" toward New York's rookie point guard.

First of all, let's make this clear: LeBron James is one of the greatest players of all-time. But Deshaun Watson should've been our quarterback. "But [James] also. There are a lot of things you can learn from guys like that". "That's all it is for people who just live in a box and Enes Kanter, who always has something to say".

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) controls a ball during the second quarter in the second round of game four of the 2017 NBA Playoffs against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre.

Speaking to reporters, James praised Smith Jr.'s athletic ability and said that, "The Knicks passed on a really good one".

Some took this as a shot at the player the Knicks did draft, defensive-minded point guard Frank Ntilikina. "I had nothing but respect for him as a coach for what he was able to do".

James said he doesn't know much about Ntilikina, save for what his high school friend Romeo Travis told him from playing professionally with Ntilikina in France. "And I talked about it with people who know the game".

Jackson was still running the Knicks during the draft, and was sacked a few days after.

Kanter had charged on Sunday that he was "pissed" at James for the perceived slight at "my rookie", Ntilikina, and his new organization. I know what Dennis Smith is capable of doing and I knew the Knicks had been looking for a point guard.

In his place, the Knicks elected to go with Frank Ntilinka, one of Phil Jackson's last decision as President of basketball operations.

James wasn't bad himself Saturday night, finishing with 19 points and 11 rebounds in the Cavs' victory.

Oh, and Cleveland's next game is Monday night against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

It looks like Porzingis fully is embracing his new leadership role, and there's no doubt he has his teammates' backs.

"I'm not a fan of Phil Jackson", James said. "I thought he would be a great fit here with Porzingis, and that's not to Frank won't be a great fit". Let's not, that's the past though.

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