Dennis Smith Jr. Not Your Biggest LeBron James Fan
At his introductory press conference in Dallas, Dennis Smith Jr. made a point to mention LeBron James and his past with the Dallas Mavericks.
With the 9th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, the Dallas Mavericks got their guy when they selected Dennis Smith Jr. out of N.C. State.
The freshman, electric point guard brings Dallas an athletic presence to the point guard spot that Cuban & Co. simply has never had before. After hearing his name called on draft night, Smith Jr. made his way to Dallas on Friday.
Friday afternoon, the Dallas Mavericks had their introductory press conference where they introduced Smith Jr. to the media and the city of Dallas.
After hearing questions about his fit with the team and time in college, Smith Jr. was asked about his thoughts about Texas and what he thought about the Dallas Mavericks before now.
“Prior to this I was in Texas for probably a total of about six days. That was three different tournaments so I really didn’t get to see the city or anything like that. I just know that it is hot,” Smith Jr. said.
It was after this that Smith Jr. immediately went on to share his feelings about the 2011 NBA Finals.
“I know they beat LeBron in the Finals and I wanted them to win that year,” Smith Jr. said. “That’s about all I know. I didn’t want LeBron to win.”
GET HIS JERSEY IN THE RAFTERS NOW.
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It is one thing to share this opinion about a fellow rookie, but LeBron James is a different story.
Smith Jr. is obviously referring to the 2011 Finals where Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Miami Heat in the first year that LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh formed together in their quest to win not one, not two, not three…
Even though they would win two titles in Miami, they didn’t win in 2011 and a 13-year-old Dennis Smith Jr. was just as happy as Mavs fans across Dallas.
Later in the press conference Smith Jr. was asked about which players he looks forward to playing against and Rick Carlisle butted in with a joking comment about being careful on who he names and that they only play LeBron James twice a year.
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It’s safe to say Dennis Smith Jr. isn’t the President of the LeBron James fan club and I love it.