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Current New York Knicks President Phil Jackson spoke with ESPN over the weekend about a variety of things, one of which was Cleveland Cavs superstar LeBron James, who, no matter if in Cleveland or Miami, has always seemed to be the most popular man in town, often seen with a big group of people around him.
Jackson, unfortunately, described James and his friends/family as a "posse," which Phil probably regrets now given the term's derogatory undertone, per ESPN.
“It had to hurt when they lost LeBron. That was definitely a slap in the face. But there were a lot of little things that came out of that. When LeBron was playing with the Heat, they went to Cleveland and he wanted to spend the night. They don’t do overnights. Teams just don’t. So now (coach Erik) Spoelstra has to text Riley and say, ‘What do I do in this situation?’ And Pat, who has iron-fist rules, answers, ‘You are on the plane, you are with this team.’ You can’t hold up the whole team because you and your mom and your posse want to spend an extra night in Cleveland.”
When asked about the comments today, LeBron James didn't hold back his aggression or disappointment, telling ESPN's Dave McMenamin this as a reply.
LeBron on Phil Jackson: "I had nothing but respect for him as a coach ..."— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) November 15, 2016
Q: "Had respect?"
Q: "Until now?"
And here's what James added following practice today:
Even LeBron's close friend and business manager, Maverick Carter—who has helped elevate James to a completely different stratosphere in terms of marketing athletes—weighed in on the topic, sharing his disappointment with Jackson's use of "posse."
Who knows if Phil Jackson meant the true definition of the word or not, but regardless, he should have chosen his words a bit more carefully.