LeBron James praises Mavericks rookie Dennis Smith Jr: ‘He should be a Knick’

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LeBron James is occasionally complimentary of incoming rookies, but Saturday, after the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Dallas Mavericks, he took it a step further.

While praising Mavericks rookie Dennis Smith Jr., James took a shot at the New York Knicks (and perhaps departed team president Phil Jackson) when he said the Knicks “passed on a really good one.”

The Knicks took French guard Frank Ntilikina at No. 8, one spot ahead of the Mavericks at No. 9. Both squads sorely needed point guards heading into the season.

“The Knicks passed on a really good one, and Dallas got the diamond in the rough,” James said, per ESPN. “He should be a Knick. That’s going to make some headlines, but he should be a Knick.

Article source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2017/11/12/lebron-james-praises-mavericks-rookie-dennis-smith-jr-he-should-knick/856337001/

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