LeBron: Smith Comments A Shot At Phil Jackson, Not Ntilikina

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James told reporters Saturday that the Dallas Mavericks should be thrilled they were able to land Dennis Smith Jr.in the 2017 National Basketball Association draft.

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

"Knicks passed on a really good one", James said after the Cavaliers' 111-104 win at American Airlines Center, per the Dallas Morning News' Brad Townsend. "I don't even know the kid", James said at the Cavaliers' shootaround before their game against the Knicks.

Some took this as a shot at the player the Knicks did draft, defensive-minded point guard Frank Ntilikina. "It's the best for our league". "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 Cavs are visiting the Big Apple for Monday's game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

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There has been bad blood between James and Jackson since the former Knicks exec called James' business associates "a posse" in an ESPN interview last season. "I don't care what people say".

Smith is averaging 14.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists for the Mavericks (2-11). Jackson drafted the French point guard just before parting ways with the franchise.

"It's the same if I, I mean, I think DeShaun Watson should be a Brown", James said of the Houston Texans QB, who was selected at No. 12 with a pick acquired from Cleveland in a trade. I have to prove to the team.

"I had nothing but respect for him as a coach for what he was able to do", James said at the time. It's all about me and it's all about the team.