LeBron James clarifies that he was insulting Phil Jackson, not Frank Ntilikina

LeBron James wants to be clear: He was only trying to insult Phil Jackson when he made his comments about Dennis Smith Jr. and Frank Ntilikina on Saturday night.

“It’s definitely a shot at (Jackson),” James said on Monday.

After the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday, James said that rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr. — who had 21 points and seven assists in the loss — “should be a Knick.” Last June, the Knicks passed on Smith to draft Frank Ntilikina.

“The Knicks passed on a really good one,” James said. “Dallas got the diamond in the rough. He should be a Knick. That’s gonna make some headlines but he should be a Knick. Dallas is definitely excited that he didn’t go there.”

James clarified on Monday that it wasn’t a shot at Ntilikina, only Jackson. He also really likes Smith, although it’s worth noting that James doesn’t have the greatest track record when it comes to evaluating rookies.

“His athleticism, his playmaking ability, I’ve been knowing the kid since he was 14 years old,” James said of Smith. “I know what he’s capable of. I wasn’t throwing shade at Frank at all. People really got their pants in a bunch, and things of that nature.

Article source: https://www.sbnation.com/2017/11/13/16643598/lebron-james-dennis-smith-frank-ntilikina-phil-jackson-knicks

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