"I don't know why he (James) made those comments, but all I can say is we love Frank", Kristaps Porzingis said. "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".
"I know what Dennis Smith is capable of doing", said James, who has worked out with the Mavs guard in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, and also has played against him at his annual summer skills academy. And I would not change Frank for anybody.
Coincidentally, King James and the Cavs travel to face NY at Madison Square Garden on Monday night and these latest comments by the four-time MVP may have added some extra spice to the contest.
The selection of Ntilikina did generate some criticism initially; many observers assumed Jackson favored the bigger, more defensive-minded guard over Smith or Kentucky's Malik Monk because he'd be a better fit in Jackson's favored and much-maligned triangle offense - a system the Knicks would largely abandon after Jackson's departure. "I don't know what's wrong with him". I mean, come on. It's just that you stating what you see. When the rider realized he was being filmed, he said, "Can you not?", pushing the camera away.
"As long as I'm getting on the right [damn] train that's all I care about", James said. "I can not let anyone disrespect my family like that". We're competitors and we try to get all the wins we can get.
"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. It's all about me and it's all about the team.
"I don't have to prove to them. I have to prove to the team", Ntilikina said.
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