Meanwhile, James and the rest of the Cavaliers are set to face the Knicks on Monday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m. EST at the Madison Square Garden in New York City. "Why Knicks? It was kind of surprising, but I can not let anyone disrespect my organization or my family or my brothers like that". Enes Kanter chimed in on Twitter.
"Oh yeah, of course", Porzingis said Sunday after practice in Tarrytown. It doesn't matter if it's LeBron or whoever it is, I can not just let him disrespect him like that because the coaches, the GMs, the president, this organization knows what they're doing. Truth be told, James doesn't have much reason to care for the Knicks, as team president Phil Jackson alienated both James and his close friend, Carmelo Anthony, with controversial comments and actions.
With Porzingis going the extra length with his maturation process, it could be an encouraging sign of what may come over the next decade or so for the Knicks.
"I don't know why he would say that", said Porzingis, according to Adam Zagoria of the New York Times.
Smith played just a single season for the North Carolina State Wolfpack last season, going on to be named ACC Rookie of the Year. He's playing great and he's doing what he's supposed to. Every day he's working really hard. He's averaging 14.2 points, 4.9 assists, and 3.6 rebounds a game.
The 19-year-old point guard follows James and Kyrie Irving in this category.
Ntilikina doesn't feel like he needs to show anything to players in the league, despite LeBron's criticism. "Obviously he was at the helm of [the team featuring] my favorite player of all time [Michael Jordan], and also being there growing up and watching him with the Lakers, but I got nothing for him". "I don't care what people say".
The Knicks' coach praised Ntilikina's "defense and his ability to see the floor".
"He's not afraid of competition". "He's just a player". He's 19 years old. "But we love what he does".