LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers take NY subway ride following Monday shootaround

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James told reporters Saturday that the Dallas Mavericks should be thrilled they were able to land Dennis Smith Jr.in the 2017 National Basketball Association draft. And one of those whose interest was piqued was LeBron James, who recently said Smith was a "diamond in the rough". "I was talking about just the Knicks organization and Phil Jackson at the time and Dennis Smith's talent and Porzingis". Dallas is definitely-I know they're excited he didn't go there.

James told reporters on Saturday night that the Knicks should have selected Smith Jr., a point guard who was chosen ninth overall by the Dallas Mavericks.

Following Monday morning shootaorund at Madison Square Garden, the Cleveland Cavaliers didn't want to sit in bumper-to-bumper NY traffic just to get back to the team hotel. He was largely inactive for the first three games of the season, playing just eight minutes total, all in New York's season-opening loss to the Thunder. We're competitors and we try to get all the wins we can get. I see rivalry with all the teams in the league.


"All I can say is a lot of people think what they want and it must not affect us so we just have to stay focused on what we're doing to improve". He compared his comments to his thoughts that the Cleveland Browns should have drafted quarterback Deshaun Watson with the No. 1 pick, saying that doesn't mean Myles Garrett won't become a top defensive player. "I have to prove to the team", Ntilikina said.

"I don't care, it doesn't matter LeBron or whoever it is". "I'm just focused about the team, focused about us and we are just 100 percent motivated every game day ... so it's not affecting us".

"I had nothing but respect for him as a coach for what he was able to do", James said at the time.

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