LeBron James managed to spark controversy in New York over the weekend. It stemmed from comments he made in Dallas on Saturday night following the Cavaliers’ game against the Mavericks.
James was asked about Mavs rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr., who had 21 points, seven assists, and five rebounds in the game, and took the opportunity to praise Smith and also toss some shade the way of the Knicks. James said Smith was great and that he “should be a Knick,” referencing New York passing on Smith with the eighth overall pick in the 2017 draft and allowing him to fall to Dallas at nine.
Those comments didn’t go over well in the Knicks locker room, as Kristaps Porzingis and Enes Kanter were both quick to come to the defense of their rookie point guard Frank Ntilikina, the man taken with that No. 8 pick, and also question why James would even say that. It was a curious comment, considering James has no ties to the Knicks and it was just a random stray shot sent New York’s way. Not to mention, it’s generally not the norm for LeBron to speak ill of another player, especially a rookie.