The best thing the Knicks have going for them now is rookie Frank Ntilikina, who scored a career-high 17 points to go with six rebounds and five assists Monday. Before Monday's game, James said Ntilikina was "a very cerebral basketball player.
"I think defensively he's more advanced than offensively but I think he's getting better and better offensively as he's gotten more opportunity and played more games."
Ntilikina told the New York Post: "I'm thankful for (James' words) coming from the top player in this league."
"As a kid, I didn't know I'd be here and able to compete against these guys," said Ntilikina, who was drafted eighth overall last June.
New York (28-53) has lost six of its last seven and is tied with Brooklyn for the eighth-worst record (remember, the Cavs own the Nets' first-round pick). The Knicks have lost 50 or more games four years in a row and haven't been to the playoffs since 2013. >> Read more
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