LeBron James comes to town every year and always calls Madison Square Garden "the Mecca of basketball", even though he never really thought of signing with the Knicks despite multiple cracks at the free agency.
After the Lakers' 100:92 win on Wednesday, the king said it again and called the garden "probably my favorite arena in the world to play as a visitor" and "absolutely special".
He also played along and did not decline the option when asked if he wanted to play for the Knicks when his 15-year-old son Bronny one day moved in from New York.
"My son is in ninth grade, man," James replied with a laugh. "I'm trying to worry about the project he'll have to submit tomorrow. We're worried about that right now. That's the most important thing: school, home, and the best big brother he can."
Knicks Mitchell Robinson leads the NBA with his athletic selection of lob dunks and put-backs in the field (70.6 percent), even if he only makes 5.6 hits per game.
Lakers coach Frank Vogel was impressed by the skills of the great man in his second year.
"Mitchell is one of the best praise-catchers in the game," Vogel said of Robinson, who scored four points but made twelve rebounds to take part in a block. “While watching him play, I made him the best. I think this is a highly effective skill that you can have and put in a team. I don't know how they want to photograph him in any other way, but that's a good place to start. "
Reserve point watchman Dennis Smith Jr. was back in uniform for the first time since December 23 after missing 13 games with weird problems. He only played 3:36 and ended the game down 9 with a 2-2 draw two weeks before the close on February 6
"I just want to play, that's my only thing," said Smith. "I'm happy to be in the NBA, I want to play basketball, that's it."
Frank Ntilikina was 0: 8 from the floor and scored no goal in 12 minutes. He shoots 20 percent (7:35) in the last five games.
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