Kristaps Porzingis voiced a similar sentiment Sunday.
That quote from James came out of nowhere.
LeBron says Mark Cuban and the Mavericks got a "diamond in the rough" with rookie Dennis Smith Jr.
Kristaps Porzingis has already taken that approach on the court, now ranking third in the league in scoring at a career-high 30.4 points per game.
The comments are being perceived as a subtle shot towards former New York Knicks president Phil Jackson, who has had heated back-and-forth exchanges with James on social media.
Porzingis told Adam Zagoria of SNY that Ntilikina is doing a "great job" in NY and the team loves him for it.
"It's actually surprising because I know LeBron is a really good guy, and he's really cool with the kids and everything".
"I don't care who, I just can not let anyone disrespect my family like that, because when I play for an organisation, I see my teammates and that organisation as like a family", Kanter said. "Frank's doing an unbelievable job". "I wouldn't trade Frank for anybody".
Thankfully, Kanter jumped to Ntilikina's defense and expressed how grateful he is to have the two-time LNB Pro A Best Young Player award-winner on the roster.
Knicks center Enes Kanter quickly took to Twitter to answer LeBron.
Neither player has been outstanding so far - Smith's numbers are better, but he also plays more and has more of a green light to shoot. However, he said, James' comments will likely serve as a bit of extra motivation for Ntilikina.
"I mean, I don't know why he made those comments, but all I can say is we love Frank, we're happy with him", Porzingis said, per ESPN.
Unsurprisingly, the King's remarks became a huge talking point and it didn't go down well in the Knicks camp. He isn't a great scorer at this point and isn't the team's top playmaker, but he does exactly what they need between his passing and defending. When he's off the court, the Knicks are a -3.8 per 100 possessions, according to NBA.com's stats tool. So right now, they're just fine with who they have.