James meant ver­bal shot for Jack­son

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LeBron James said his be­lief that the Knicks should have drafted Den­nis Smith Jr. wasn’t meant to slight Frank Nti­lik­ina, though it was in­tended as a swipe at Phil Jack­son.

“Oh yeah, it was def­i­nitely a shot at him,” James said Mon­day.

James said Satur­day af­ter play­ing in Dal­las that Smith, whom James has known since Smith was in his early teens, should be a Knick. Nti­lik­ina was cho­sen with the No. 8 pick in the draft, one spot be­fore the Mav­er­icks se­lected Smith.

“It’s no shade at Frank,” James said at the Cavs’ shootaround be­fore their game against the Knicks. “I wasn’t even think­ing about the kid when I was talk­ing about Den­nis Smith. I was think­ing about the Knicks or­ga­ni­za­tion and Phil Jack­son at the time.”

Nets G D’An­gelo Rus­sell is likely to miss sev­eral games with a left knee con­tu­sion. He was in­jured late in Satur­day’s game in Utah . ... F Nikola Mirotic was present at Bulls prac­tice for the first time since be­ing in­jured Oct. 17 in an al­ter­ca­tion with F Bobby Por­tis.

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